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Go Kayaking This Summer Around Long Island

Kayaking Destinations - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

Paddlesports are not only great exercise, but they're also a great way to relax, connect with nature, and enjoy all the outdoor beauty Long Island has to offer. Living in an area surrounded by water means ample opportunity for kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Paddlesports happen to be some of our REALTORS® favorite summer hobbies. Here are some of our favorite places to kayak around Long Island:

  • Hempstead Lake State Park - 1000 Lake Drive, West Hempstead, NY 11552
    Located just south of these great Garden City homes for sale is Hempstead Lake State Park, which has three ponds that are great for kayaking and paddleboarding. The park has a nice boat launch and dock, so water access is easy. The whole park is calm and serene and an excellent place to find some peace and quiet.

  • Wantagh Park - 1 King Rd., Wantagh, NY 11793
    Wantagh Park is a small but beautiful local amenity equipped with a boat launch that makes it easy to paddle around and explore the East Bay. You'll love the beautiful views and natural scenery all around—and the best part is, this spot usually isn't very crowded.

  • Idlewild Kayak / Canoe Launch - Craft Avenue and Huxley Street, Rosedale, NY 11422
    Idlewild Kayak / Canoe Launch provides easy access to the calm waters of beautiful Hook Creek Park. Paddle your way along this picturesque creek and catch some stunning views of the local wildlife. We're lucky to have this amazing urban nature retreat in our own backyard. If you'd like to live nearby, check out these Nassau County homes for sale.

  • Blydenburgh County Park - Veteran's Memorial Highway, Smithtown, NY 11788
    Come explore Blydenburgh Lake, also known as Stump Pond, at Blydenburgh County Park. This lake covers about 100 acres and is about 8 feet deep. There are two boat launches: one near the rowboat rental area and one near the Historic District. Kayaking on this lake is a lot of fun in the summer, but it's also worth coming back when fall foliage is in full swing. After you're done paddling, swing by one of these nearby Smithtown homes for sale.

  • Stony Brook Harbor- 51 Shore Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    Stony Brook Harbor offers some of the most scenic kayaking experiences on Long Island. It provides access to the nearby Porpoise Channel Inlet, between Stony Brook and Smithtown Bay. Need a boat? Stony Brook Kayak Rentals is conveniently located onshore, just down the street from some beautiful Stony Brook homes for sale.

  • Mount Sinai Harbor - 244 Harbor Beach Rd., Mt Sinai, NY 11766
    Mount Sinai Harbor is located near some spectacular Mount Sinai homes for sale. Between the harbor and the nearby beaches, there are plenty of places to launch. Paddle around the harbor or, if you're more experienced, head on out to the Long Island Sound. 

Kayaking around Long Island gives you a unique perspective on all the local wonders and beauty. Looking for more summertime activities? Contact us today for more local recommendations.


Long Island: Catch a Glimpse of Space

Space Day on Long Island - Coach Realtors

May 6th is National Space Day. What better way to celebrate than by checking out the tremendous innovations in space exploration we've made over the years? Or by experiencing the beauty of space for yourself? There are great options to do both right in your new neighborhood. If you're looking at Nassau County homes for sale, you can pay a visit to the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Or if you're looking at Suffolk County homes for sale, you'll want to see the Vanderbilt Planetarium.

  • Cradle of Aviation Museum - Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, NY 11530
    Near these Garden City homes for sale, the Cradle of Aviation Museum is all about flight, from kites and hot air balloons all the way to the rockets that have taken us into space. Among the exhibits is a replica of the first liquid-fuel rocket ever built, the Goddard A-Series, in the 1920s.

    Of course, not all the exhibits are just replicas. There are also a number of real space modules, such as the Rockwell Command Module 002, which flew to the moon and back in 1966, and the Grumman Lunar Module LM-13, built for the canceled Apollo 19 mission. There's also a Grumman Lunar Module simulator built to help astronauts prepare for the journey.

    The museum also has a planetarium with a wide array of space shows and exhibits. There's an exploration of the night sky, a trip through the asteroid belt, an exploration of what humans' first mission to Mars will be like, and much more. Plus, go with Big Bird and Elmo on an exploration of the stars and constellations in One World, One Sky.

    The Cradle of Aviation Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Tickets are $21 for adults 13 and up, or $19 for children and seniors. There are also private bookings available for parties and other events.

  • The Vanderbilt's Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium - 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport, NY 11721
    The Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium is part of the Vanderbilt Museum. It provides a variety of different shows and events to teach children and adults alike about the wonders of space. Open Friday through Sunday, there's an ever-rotating schedule of daytime and evening shows, plus live lectures on the stars and planets.

    Current shows include Stars, narrated by Mark Hamill, about the birth, life, and death of everything from pulsars to black holes, and Dynamic Earth, which explores the oceans, atmosphere, climate, and more. Plus, the Vanderbilt Planetarium is also playing One World, One Sky, the Sesame Street-helmed exploration of the stars.

    The planetarium even has a rooftop observatory, where visitors can get a guided tour of the real night sky via their powerful Meade reflecting telescope. The observatory is open every Friday night, and, as it happens, National Space Day falls on a Friday.

    Plus, if you like to hike, you might check out the Solar System Hiking Trail, a mile-long loop that includes a scale model of the solar system. Hikers start at the sun and walk around to all eight planets. Note that the trail is only for experienced hikers.

    Daytime shows are $16 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, or $13 for children under 12. Evening shows are $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, or $8 for children. There are also laser shows featuring a dazzling display of flashing, colorful lights set to music.

Wherever you're looking to move to, our REALTORS® can help you find a house that meets your needs and show you some of the fun and interesting things to do around the neighborhood. Contact us today and let us get you into your dream home.


Where to Take a Walk in the Park Around Long Island

Walk in the Park - Long Island - Coach Realtors

March 30 is Take a Walk in the Park Day, and with winter's ice grip finally beginning to loosen, our REALTORS® are excited to do just that. Luckily, we have a lot of great places to go for a hike here on Long Island. 

Walk in the Park in Nassau County

Located just a short drive from New York City, Nassau County offers some lovely parks and trails on western Long Island. These great hiking spots are also convenient to many Nassau County homes for sale.

  • Hempstead Harbor Shoreline Park - Port Washington, New York
    Overlooking the southwest side of Hempstead Harbor, Hempstead Harbor Shoreline Park is a great place for a hike on a crisp spring day. The park features a 2-mile trail with easy terrain and great views of the water, with benches and gazebos along the way where you can stop and enjoy the scenery. It's just minutes from these Port Washington homes for sale

  • Manhasset Valley Park - 461 Maple St., Manhasset, NY 11030
    A picturesque park that spans the valley separating the Great Neck and Cow Neck peninsulas, Manhasset Valley Park is a beautiful green space within walking distance of many Manhasset homes for sale. The park spans 26 acres and includes well-manicured walking paths that wind among woods, meadows, ponds, and streams. 

  • Hempstead Lake State Park - Eagle Avenue, West Hempstead, NY 11552
    Hempstead Lake State Park is one of the largest parks in Nassau County and a hub for all kinds of outdoor recreation. This 737-acre park includes 8 miles of hiking trails, including a picturesque 3-mile path that encircles Hempstead Lake. The park is also popular for fishing, kayaking, and horseback riding and is only a short drive from these Rockville Centre homes for sale

Walk in the Park in Suffolk County

Suffolk County encompasses the eastern two-thirds of Long Island. In addition to these lovely Suffolk County homes for sale, you'll find some truly perfect places for a leisurely stroll or an energetic hike in Suffolk County. 

  • Blydenburgh County Park - Veteran's Memorial Highway, Smithtown, NY 11788
    Encompassing 627 acres of wooded hills and valleys surrounding Stump Pond, Blydenburgh County Park is one of Long Island's best-kept secrets. A 5.7-mile loop trail traverses the pond's shoreline, and the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference often offers guided hikes. The park is just minutes from numerous Smithtown homes for sale and also offers camping from April through November. 

  • West Meadow Wetlands Reserve - 44 W. Meadow Ln., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    Featuring a mile-long beach and 88 acres of tidal marshes, wetlands, and maritime forests, West Meadow Wetlands Reserve is a perfect place to enjoy the scenery overlooking Long Island Sound. The reserve is walkable from many of these Stony Brook homes for sale and is a great place to spot dozens of native shorebird and songbird species that frequent the area. 

  • West Hills County Park - Sweet Hollow Road, Huntington Station, NY 11747
    West Hills County Park is a beautiful park spanning 800-plus acres, with well-groomed hiking trails that meander among dense woodlands. It's one of the best places on Long Island to immerse yourself in nature, despite being near many Huntington Station homes for sale. A highlight of the Park is the Walk Whitman Trail, which crosses the highest point on the island. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties. When you're ready to find your dream home on Long Island, our agents are here to help every step of the way. 


Try Lunch or Dinner at These Long Island Food Trucks

Food Trucks - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

Grabbing lunch or dinner at a food truck is such a great way to get out there and experience a new cuisine. Or, of course, you can enjoy a tried-and-true favorite. The Long Island area has quite a bustling food truck scene. You could try a new truck every day for a month, but here are some top trucks our REALTORS® recommend visiting first.

  • Better Burger: 473 CR 111, Manorville NY, 11949
    If you're looking at Suffolk County homes for sale, stop by Better Burger for a delicious pick-me-up. They offer a great selection of signature burgers and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. The breakfast grilled cheese is a fan favorite.

    Better Burger has plenty of picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy your meal around the food truck. Their shakes are a delicious way to end the evening.

  • Good Eats Grill: 110 W. 9th St., Huntington NY, 11746
    Good Eats Grill is a food truck that conveniently operates near Huntington homes for sale. They update their location often on their social media pages, so they're easy to track down.

    This food truck is known for its macaroni and cheese balls, which are gooey and delicious. They rotate through tons of other delicious options, from lobster tails, to grilled steaks, to egg rolls. 

  • Katie's Food Truck: 145 W. Main St., Smithtown NY, 11787
    If you're looking at Stony Brook homes for sale, stop by Katie's Food Truck for lunch or dinner. The focus here is on California cuisine, and tacos are a fan favorite. The macaroni and cheese cones are also a hit.

    Katie's updates their location often on social media. They often serve outside their main location, but you'll sometimes find the truck at the Riverheads Outlets or the Walt Whitman Mall.

  • Island Empanada: 314 Commack Rd., Commack NY, 11725
    For something a little different, stop by Island Empanada, a food truck operating near Commack homes for sale. You'll see their truck at a lot of local carnivals and car shows, too.

    In addition to empanadas, this truck serves other Mexican and Latin American favorites like tostones and fried plantains. They even offer plant-based empanadas, a vegetarian-friendly option. 

  • Picante Tex Mex: 5507 Nesconet Hyw. Ste 16, Mount Sinai NY, 11766
    If you're out looking at Mount Sanai homes for sale and find yourself in the mood for Tex-Mex cuisine, Picante Tex Mex is the place to go. They travel all over Long Island, bringing delicious food along for the ride.

    A favorite at Picante Tex Med is the nachos. You can have them topped with your choice of protein, along with lettuce, jalapeno peppers, sour cream, guac, and pico de gallo. Their chimichangas and chalupas are also to die for. 

  • Taste Buddyz: 226 Westbury Ave., Carle Place NY, 11514
    Taste Buddyz is a food truck worth visiting after a long day of looking at Nassau County homes for sale. They consider themselves to be street food specialists, and it certainly tastes like it!

    Favorites at Taste Buddyz include the chopped cheese empanada and the barbecue pulled pork sandwich. They also serve jalapeno poppers, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and an array of other treats. The apple caramel empanadas are the perfect way to end a meal.

Stopping by a food truck is the perfect option after a long day of house hunting. Plus, it allows you to explore the area a bit more and dive into the local cuisine. If you are searching for homes on Long Island and are looking for a real estate agent, don't hesitate to contact us.


5 Places to Celebrate Chocolate Day on Long Island

Chocolate Shops Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

Wednesday, July 7th, is World Chocolate Day! You should celebrate with a trip to a chocolate shop, to get some good, high-quality chocolate. Our REALTORS® can help you find the perfect home for you, but where can you find delicious chocolate in the Long Island area? Here are our picks for the best candy shops and chocolatiers to help you celebrate Chocolate Day the right way.

  • Kilwins Chocolates - 109D Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    prides itself on both high-quality chocolate and great customer care. With locations all around the country, there's one in Port Jefferson that features both in-store shopping and DoorDash delivery. Their selection includes delicious, hand-paddled fudge (buy two slices, get one free), their signature rich, creamy ice cream, and of course, a variety of chocolates and truffles of all types. Their products are all lovingly made on-site and a treat for anyone who stops by.

  • Chocolate Works - 160 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station, NY 11746
    With several locations around Long Island, including one in Walt Whitman Shops mall in Huntington Station, Chocolate Works has something for every taste and price range. That includes gourmet, Belgian chocolate truffles, hand-dipped, chocolate-covered cinnamon bun pretzels, and a variety of delicious sugar-free options, from vanilla caramels to cognac cherries. You can even special order a chocolate pizza for parties and events. Plus, they offer chocolate workshops, where you and your family can learn to make sweet treats of your own!

  • Sugared Up - 522 Main St., Islip, NY 11751. This Islip gem has both a candy shop and a cafe, which provide a plethora of amazing chocolate products. The candy shop features fresh truffles, chocolate-covered pretzels, and much more, all lovingly handmade. They also do beautiful gift baskets for every occasion. The cafe includes a wide assortment of hand-dipped milkshakes, in every flavor you can imagine, from birthday cake to cookie butter to Nutella and more. So whether you go to the shop, the cafe, or both, Sugared Up is the perfect place to get your chocolate fix.

  • Jacques Torres Chocolate - 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City, NY 11530
    Widely known as Mr. Chocolate, Jacques Torres is one of the best chocolatiers anywhere. You may have seen him as the head judge on Netflix's Nailed It! He has several Jacques Torres Chocolate shops around New York, including one in the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City. There are chocolate chip cookies, macarons, a bonbon counter, and of course, Jacques Torres's signature hot chocolate.

  • Minty's Candies and Treats - 33 S. Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815
    Minty's Candies and Treats
    is a wonderful, locally-owned candy shop in Norwich. Open Tuesday through Saturday, they sell a variety of chocolates and truffles, as well as four different types of fudge: chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter, and chocolate nut. They also sell several different types of chocolate pizza, both whole and by the slice - and don't forget the chocolate wings! Minty's even sells a selection of retro candies that many customers may remember from their youth, such as Mallo Cups and Charleston Chew bars. Whatever you're looking for, Minty's has just about everything you need to celebrate World Chocolate Day.

Whether you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, there's guaranteed to be some excellent chocolate nearby. Contact us to help you find a home in the area that's convenient to everything you need.


Where to Set a New Course Around Long Island

Discover New Trails Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

When you live in an area, having a deep understanding of its geography will help you navigate it and acquire a profound appreciation for its culture and history. Map Reading Week is the perfect opportunity to explore your community, so get out your print maps May 24th and refresh your map-reading skills.

As you get to discover the gorgeous properties and the rich history of Long Island, here are some places our REALTORS® have compiled that are definitely worth a stop.

  • Muttontown Preserve - 6191 NY-25A, East Norwich, NY 11732
    With its woodlands, ponds, and estate grounds, Muttontown Preserve is Nassau's County's largest nature preserve. For history lovers, Muttontown Preserve is cobbled from three separate estates dating back hundreds of years and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    So whether you want to explore miles of marked nature trails or explore these East Norwich homes for sale located in the vibrant community that's the Village of Muttontown, you should give this place a visit.

  • Centennial Gardens - 251 Floral Pkwy., Floral Park, NY 11001
    Centennial Gardens is possibly one of the most serene places on Long Island. The Gardens were custom-made by volunteers and the Floral Park Conservation Society, transforming what was once a formerly debris-strewn storm basin into a scenic garden featuring scores of flowers and trees, as well as a magnificent bird sanctuary.

    Conveniently located near these Floral Park homes for sale on the western edge of Nassau County, Centennial Gardens is a great place to learn a thing or two about flowers, birds, and gardening.

  • Old Westbury Gardens - 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, NY 11568
    Old Westbury Gardens is an elegant estate with formal gardens sprawling over 200 acres. It's a spectacular estate that has been featured in dozen of movies and TV shows. You're welcome to explore the gardens and the English manor house furnished with priceless antiques and decorative artwork.

    Like these other Garden City homes for sale, the Old Westbury gardens feature some of the most serene and beautiful gardens in the world. What's more, their Café in the woods is reopening just in time for Map Reading Week.

  • Blydenburgh County Park - Veteran's Memorial Hwy., Smithtown, NY 11788
    With its richly forested hills at the headwaters of the Nissequogue River, Blydenburgh County Park is great for hiking, trail running, picnicking, camping, and freshwater fishing for pumpkinseed sunfish and large-mouth bass.

    Horseback riders can trailer their mounts on the extensive bridle path system or take them to the practice ring. Located in Smithtown, just a few miles from these Smithtown homes for sale, there's no better place to relax on a lovely warm summer afternoon.

  • Cedar Beach nature Center - Harbor Beach Rd., Mt Sinai, 11766
    Located within the town of Brookhaven, Cedar Beach Nature Center provides residents with a place to experience and enjoy the natural environment. You can take a walk along the 700-foot boardwalk within the dune system that's a critical habitat for marine plants and animals.

    The nature center has living displays, including aquariums and an outdoor touch tank. You can also experience an animated view of marine life through interactive interior displays. The walking trail and fishing pier will draw you in, whereas the wildlife will leave you enamored. Located in the hamlet of Mount Sinai close to these Mount Sinai homes for sale, the Cedar Beach Nature Preserve is a great place to visit for hikers and nature enthusiasts.

  • Avalon Nature Preserve - Harbor Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    Avalon Nature preserve is home to some of the most enchanting nature trails in New York. By taking a walk through the preserve, you'll be able to discover scenic spaces that will leave you in absolute awe. Avalon's breath-taking meadows and woodlands provide essential habitats protecting the local watershed and plant plus wildlife species.

    In the town of Stony Brook, natural wonders and beauty are in abundance. With so much to explore, including these Stony Brook homes for sale, this little slice of Suffolk County is a wonderful place to explore and call home.

Making Long Island Home

Contact us today to learn more about life and home in Long Island. Our team is always on call to help you find the perfect Suffolk County homes for sale or Nassau County homes for sale.


Long Island: 5 Nature Preserves & Gardens to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Nature Preserves Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

A short getaway to experience nature can help you feel refreshed while also allowing you to get in a bit of exercise along the way. Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island have several spots that serve as an oasis where you can get away in gardens and nature preserves that are conveniently close by.
Our REALTORS® suggest visiting the following destinations to help you enjoy the great outdoors in Long Island.    

  1. Centennial Gardens – 251 Floral Pkwy., Floral Park, NY 11001  
    Centennial Gardens contains eight different gardens, allowing you to experience several types within the same location. Situated near Floral Park homes for sale, the gardens range from formal planted settings to individual plantings and gardens in a more natural setting. And since walking paths include ones that are hilly and provide a good workout, and those that can easily be navigated with strollers or wheelchairs, you can choose the ones that best suits you. As you explore the gardens, you can also enjoy a waterfall as well as a beautiful wooden walking bridge.
  2. Champlin Creek Nature Preserve – 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, NY 11730   
    Champlin Creek Nature Preserve flows between Islip and East Islip and is home to a fish and wildlife habitat that's about 3.5 miles long. Located near East Islip homes for sale, the creek is a free-flowing freshwater stream bordered by wet forest land in some areas. It's known for having conditions favorable to brook trout, and brown and rainbow trout are also stocked in the stream.
  3. Elderfields – 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset NY 11030  
    Elderfields is not only a nature preserve but also a historic museum and farm, so it has plenty to see and do. It comprises four acres and is located near Manhasset homes for sale. You'll find a walled garden on the property, which is also home to the Hewlett-Munson-Williams House from the 17th century, making it one of the oldest existing homes in the area. Elderfields also houses an arts center with a museum of antique decorative arts, studio space, arts classrooms, and more. Art shows are regularly scheduled at the center.
  4. Muttontown Preserve – 25A West of Jericho-Oyster Bay Road, Muttontown Lane, East Norwich, NY 11732  
    Nassau County's largest nature preserve, Muttontown Preserve has marked trails that stretch for miles and is located near East Norwich homes for sale. Before you start, pick up a map and brochure that include descriptions of the areas along the trails. You'll be able to see wildflowers, trees, and birds along the way and may also spot some mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
  5. Islip Meadows County Nature Preserve – 350 Bayview Ave., East Islip, NY 11730  
    If you're looking for a bit of untouched nature, head to Islip Meadows County Nature Preserve, which comprises over 87 acres. It includes tall grasses, wetlands, and a small beach to enjoy. You can also walk 1.75 miles of trails and see wildlife, including waterfowl, along the way at this preserve.

Contact us if you'd like to see Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. We can help you find one that's near the destinations you'll most enjoy. 


Long Island: See What's New During Library Week

Visit Long Island Libraries - Nassau and Suffolk Counties - Coach Realtors

What's the best thing to do when you settle into a new house? If you are like our REALTORS®, you will fall into your favorite chair and pick up a book to relax. With National Library Week scheduled for April 4-10, there is plenty of time to browse the local libraries' shelves for the perfect book to read. 

Suffolk County Libraries

  • Commack Public Library - 18 Hauppauge Rd., Commack, NY 11725
    Located in the heart of Huntington near Commack homes for sale, the Commack Public Library is a great place to kick up your heels and dig into a delicious book. It's the perfect place to find books about decorating, how-to-repairs, and much more.

  • Huntington Public Library - 338 Main St., Huntington, NY 11743
    Hunting for the perfect book is easy at the Huntington Public Library, conveniently located near these Huntington homes for sale. The library holds a vast selection of children's books, classics, how-to books, and so much more. All you have to do is decide which ones pique your interest the most.

  • Port Jefferson Free Library - 100 Thompson St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777-1897
    After buying any of the fabulous Suffolk County homes for sale, the favorite word of most new homeowners is "free!" At the Port Jefferson Free Library, you'll find plenty of books and other media that won't cost you a dime. Well, unless you bring them back late. 

Nassau County Libraries

  • Floral Park Public Library - 17 Caroline Pl., Floral Park, NY 11001
    The Floral Park Library is ideal for finding a book and enjoying some beautiful scenery when you're done looking at Floral Park homes for sale. The library features a broad selection of children's books, how-to books, teen books, and books for every interest and desire.

  • Hewlett - Woodmere Public Library - 1125 Broadway, Hewlett, NY 11557
    The Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library is a regional favorite. Their vast collection of books is one of the best in the region. The library also offers a busy social calendar packed with classes and activities, and it's easy to see why so many families enjoy spending time here after they find the perfect Hewlett homes for sale to move into.

  • Manhasset Public Library - 30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset, NY 11030
    Searching for Nassau County homes for sale can be exhausting. When you want to catch your breath, stop by the stately Manhasset Public Library. You will find friendly service and helpful librarians who can cater to every interest you can imagine. 

Notes About Library Visits

Pandemic protocols are in place at every library in Suffolk and Nassau counties. This means libraries may close, may limit access, and may request visitors limit the duration of their visits. For the time being, it's advisable to call ahead to make sure the library is open. And, what if you don't feel like driving in? No problem, because most are offering home delivery services! 

It is also tax season, and many libraries are offering community tax clinics from now through mid-April. This may increase foot traffic and limit access. However, it's also a great opportunity to ask those last-minute tax questions you may have. 

We invite you to contact us when you are ready to learn more about the homes we have for sale. It's our pleasure to tell you more about the communities we serve and help you find the perfect home for you and your family.


Explore These 6 One-of-a-Kind Museums Around Long Island

One-of-a-Kind Museums - Long Island - Coach Realtors

Communities across Long Island have always held a deep love for history, culture, the arts, and scientific discovery, so it's no surprise that our area is home to a wide variety of fascinating museums for all ages. Exploring museums near Suffolk County homes for sale is a great way to discover new things, and many Long Island museums are currently open with online reservations for timed entry. Our REALTORS® have the exciting details on six one-of-a-kind museums that you definitely won't want to miss around Long Island.

  1. Science Museum of Long Island – 1526 N. Plandome Rd., Manhasset, NY 11030
    Located on the beautiful Leeds Pond Preserve near Manhasset homes for sale, you'll find the Science Museum of Long Island. Programs at the Science Museum of Long Island are designed to help children discover and fall in love with science through interactive learning. There are after-school workshops every weekday, and the museum is also open for fun events like birthday parties.

  2. Cradle of Aviation Museum – Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530
    Conveniently located near Garden City homes for sale, the Cradle of Aviation Museum is a must-see for anyone who's interested in aviation. Visitors of all ages will love exploring the more than 75 air and spacecraft on display at the museum, as well as fun displays like the Back to the Future exhibit. This museum is also home to a state-of-the-art planetarium, where you can take a journey to the stars.

  3. Long Island Children's Museum – 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY 11530
    Kids near Nassau County homes for sale are sure to love a trip to the Long Island Children's Museum, where they can learn, play, and discover through exciting, interactive exhibits. There are 14 unique exhibits for kids to explore, along with live theater, arts programs, play spaces, and special events throughout the year.

  4. Long Island Museum – 1200 NY-25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790
    Commonly shortened to the Long Island Museum, the Long Island Museum of Art, History, and Carriages is a great place to learn about local history near Stony Brook homes for sale. The Long Island Museum is located on a large, scenic estate, with living history exhibits like a historic schoolhouse, blacksmith, and carriage shed. There's also an art museum on-site, and beautiful gardens to explore as you move from one exhibit to the next.

  5. Hecksher Museum of Art – 2 Prime Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
    There are a variety of art museums close to Huntington homes for sale, and the Hecksher Museum of Art is one of the best. With exhibits displaying a mix of emerging, contemporary artists and famed artists from throughout history, the Hecksher Museum of Art offers something for every art lover. There are also a variety of art classes available, including programs for kids.

  6. Long Island Explorium – 101 E Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    If you're looking for a fun, educational way to entertain the kids around Port Jefferson homes for sale, your whole family will love visiting the Long Island Explorium. With programs built on a detailed curriculum that's crafted to inspire learning, creativity, and problem-solving, the Long Island Explorium strives to make learning a fun, engaging experience for children. There are also 19 interactive exhibits, designed for hands-on learning.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to explore all that Long Island has to offer? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.


Long Island: Get Lost in Family Fun at These Corn Mazes

Fall Family Fun - Corn Mazes - Coach Realtors

Fall is the perfect time to plan a family outing to get lost in a corn maze around Long Island. You'll also be able to enjoy other seasonal activities at most of the maze venues, including pumpkin picking and hayrides.

Our REALTORS® recommend the following corn mazes in the Long Island area:

  1. F&W Schmitt's Family Farm – 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY 11747 
    F&W Schmitt's Family Farm has a corn maze that's open on weekends and holidays and has an "Arabian Nights: Legend of the Lamp" theme. Take your time navigating the 7-acre maze or challenge your friends or family to a race to see who can finish first. A haunted corn trail is also available for daytime or scarier nighttime walks, which feature "ghouls."
  2. Hank's Pumpkintown – 240 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, NY 11976
    The traditional corn maze is taken up a notch at Hank's Pumpkintown, which has interactive activities like a farm scene investigation game and finger foods along the way. You can also take a narrated hayride through the maze that provides information about the farm. And you may want to plan to spend several hours at Hank's, since there's plenty of other activities, including a 70-foot jump pad, 50-foot tube slide, and farm fun like pig races and calf milking.

  3. Stakey's Pumpkin Farm – 270 West Lane, Aquebogue, NY 11931  
    Pit your wits against the twists and turns of a 3-acre corn maze at Stakey's Pumpkin Farm, but make sure to pick up your Corn Maze Trivia game before you start the puzzle. If you answer correctly, you'll be headed in the right direction, but wrong answers will lead you to wrong turns. And if you'd like to pick out some pumpkins, you'll find 26 acres to choose from.

  4. Fink's Country Farm – 6242 Middle Country Road, Wading River, NY 11792
    Family owned and operated for over 50 years, Fink's Country Farm offers a corn maze and plenty of other family fun. Pick your own pumpkin, take a hayride, treat yourself to roasted corn and hot cider, and more while you're at the farm. And on Halloween, grab a flashlight and wind your way through the maze as you enjoy musical entertainment.

  5. Fairview Farm at Mecox – 19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 11932  
    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the corn maze at Fairview Farm at Mecox, which winds through about two miles of paths. As you go through the maze, you'll pass over two bridges that provide amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as Mecox Bay.

  6. Harbes Family Farm – 1223 Route 25, Jamesport, NY 11952
    Try out a newly themed Robin Hood maze at Harbes Family Farm this fall. You can test your knowledge of the famous character as you work your way through the maze and also help him via an interactive video mission. While you're at the farm, pick out a pumpkin to buy and take time out for a relaxing hayride.

Contact us if you're interested in Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale.


Where to See Changing Leaves Around Long Island

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There's nothing quite like Long Island in Autumn. Cool breezes off the sound, apple orchards ripe for the picking, spectacular foliage—it's really something. Our REALTORS® are excited to share some of their favorite spots to catch the changing leaves on Long Island. 

  • Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve - 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd, Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743
    Nestled on a rugged peninsula extending into Long Island Sound, Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve is always a reliable place to catch some vibrant fall colors. The park's many acres of woodlands and meadows are crisscrossed by hiking and horseback riding trails, and offer some truly spectacular views. The park is just minutes from these Suffolk County homes for sale, and offers one of Long Island's most picturesque landscapes in any season.

  • Bethpage State Park - 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd, Farmingdale, NY 11735
    Bethpage State Park is most famous for its golf course, and fall is a mighty good time to spend a day on the links. But that's not all Bethpage State Park has to offer. Located a stone's throw from these Nassau County homes for sale, the park is home to shady picnic areas and several miles of secluded nature trails that meander through a varied forest with an abundance of fall color. 

  • West Hills County Park - Sweet Hollow Rd, Huntington Station, NY 11747
    Bridle trails and a fenced-in dog run make West Hills County Park a perennial favorite, especially during the colorful fall months. The park is also home to many well manicured nature trails, including the historic Walt Whitman Trail, which leads to Long Island's highest point (400-foot Jayne's Hill). With many Huntington homes for sale nearby, this is one of the most popular Suffolk County parks, so it's usually a good idea to visit on a weekday to beat the crowds. 

  • Caleb Smith State Park Preserve - 581 W Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787
    Leaf peeping and bird watching are always popular at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve. Spanning over 540 acres of mixed forests and wetlands, the park offers splendid scenery and views that change with the seasons. A nature museum spotlights local flora and fauna, and nature programs for kids of all ages are offered year-round. Caleb Smith State Park Preserve is located near the North Shore of Long Island with many Smithtown homes for sale nearby.

  • Planting Fields Arboretum - 1395 Planting Fields Rd, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
    Planting Fields Arboretum is a spectacular landscape of woods and well-groomed gardens, which spring to life in vivid color in autumn. The gardens surround a spectacular Gilded Age mansion, and the arboretum hosts an incredible diversity of plant life. Whether you book a mansion tour or simply explore the grounds, be sure to check out these Oyster Bay homes for sale in the area. 

  • Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail - Merrick Rd, Massapequa, NY 11758
    As its name suggests, the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail traverses both Nassau and Suffolk Counties, connecting Long Island's North and South Shores. Stretching 20 miles end-to-end, the trail offers endless fall scenery, with numerous access points all along its length. The southern end of the trail near these Massapequa homes for sale is a great place to start, with a clearly marked trailhead and plenty of parking.

Peak foliage usually arrives on Long Island toward the end of October, and watching as the colors gradually transform over the next month is one of the great joys of the year. Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and talk to our team about finding your dream home on Long Island today!


Explore These Bike Trails Around Long Island

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One great way to enjoy the outdoors around Long Island is to seek out the local bike trails. Our REALTORS® have several great suggestions for enjoying the amenities in our area, which are a real asset to the Long Island lifestyle.

Here are six unique bike trails, located close to some of our Nassau County or Suffolk County homes for sale. Please note social distancing and mask requirements before biking the trails.

  1. Heckscher State Park- Heckscher Parkway Field 1, East Islip, NY 11730
    Cycle the 4.5-mile flat trail for a panoramic view of Great South Bay. Watch for the nests of ospreys, a sea hawk, that tower over the park campground, and over the trail near Field 7. This 1600-acre former 19th-century estate also shelters white-tail deer and a variety of other birds. The park, originally opposed by local residents, represented public official Robert Moses's toughest fight to ensure the availability of public lands on Long Island. East Islip homes for sale are conveniently located near the trail and other amenities of Heckscher.

  2. Eisenhower Park - Merrick and Stewart Avenues, East MeadowNY 11554 
    This 930-acre oasis in Nassau County is one of the largest public spaces in the New York metro area. Larger than Central Park, it comprises property owned by Salisbury Country Club plus adjoining properties the county acquired. There's an easy, 5-mile loop trail, accessible all year round, near Meadowbrook Parkway. Check out Garden City homes for sale, just a few minutes away from the biking trails and everything else Eisenhower Park has to offer. 

  3. Belmont Lake State Park - Southern State Parkway Exit 38, North Babylon, NY 11703
    Located in Suffolk County, Belmont Lake State Park offers lots of activities, including picnicking, pedal boat and kayak rental, fishing, game courts, and also trails for walking and biking. Cyclists can enjoy a flat, easy 2.5-mile trail that runs through pretty woods, by a small waterfall, and over a stone bridge. Interested in Commack homes for sale? You won't be far from this picturesque park. 

  4. Valley Stream State Park - Valley Stream State Park Road, Valley Stream, NY 11580
    It's a short, rolling 2.7-mile loop trail around a lake, but you can pack a lunch, bike a bit, and choose one of the many picnic tables along the route in this shady park to set up the eats while the kids play. Picture yourself in one of our Hewlett homes for sale, where you'll be just minutes away from this gorgeous setting. 

  5. Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve - 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington, NY 11743 
    Twenty-seven miles of trails traverse this flat to hilly park, a former estate on a Gold Coast peninsula that reaches into Long Island Sound. Caumsett comprises salt marsh, woodland, meadows and rock shoreline. Developed by Marshall Field III, the estate was acquired by New York State in the early '60s. In addition to biking, the park offers walking, bridle paths, hiking, nature trails and cross-country skiing. Have a look at Huntington homes for sale, and you could be in close proximity to this Long Island gem.

  6. Hempstead Lake State Park - Lakeside Drive, West Hempstead, NY 11552
    The flat, easy, 2.4-mile trail winding around McDonald Pond isn't the only draw for this shady park. Enjoy boating, horseback riding, picnicking, playgrounds, playing fields, tennis, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and fishing. There's also a historic merry-go-round. Imagine your family biking the trails around McDonald Pond, just minutes from Rockville Centre homes for sale.  

Our real estate agents can help you find that special home close to biking trails and other amenities in our Long Island parks. Contact us today.


Homeowners: Safely Enjoy a Backyard Fire Pit

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Our REALTORS® are seeing more homeowners enjoy the benefits of a backyard fire pit.  Gathering around a warm fire with your family is an excellent way to spend an evening. When using a fire pit, safety should always be your priority. 

Backyard Fire Pit Safety

Whether you already own a fire pit or getting ready to install one, precautionary measures are necessary for your safety.  

  • Permanent or Portable: When installing a fire pit, you must choose the best option for your backyard. You can easily customize a permanent fire pit to match the rest of your landscape theme. Installing a permanent fire pit ensures you are following all the safety measures with each use. Generally, steel or cast iron, a portable fire pit, is convenient for moving from one location to another. The downside is continuously checking your surroundings to ensure a proper area for using the fire pit.

  • Location: Place the fire pit at least 10 feet away from your home, any other buildings, fencing, and your neighbor's yard. For the best safety measure, consider placing your fire pit 25 feet from any structures. Also, do not place the fire pit under your covered porch, awning, or tree branches.

  • Patio Blocks: When positioning your fire pit, surround the area with patio blocks, concrete, or other non-flammable surfaces for extra protection. Keep the fire pit away from any type of wooden deck or porch.

  • Clear the Area: When setting up your fire pit, clear the surrounding area of any vegetation, branches, or other flammable materials. Consider packing stones or dirt around the fi pit to contain the fire.

  • Dig Down: When digging out the area for your fire pit, go down at least six inches and two feet across. Following these guidelines will help keep the fire and embers in a centralized location. If you do not dig down, the fire could quickly jump over the outer edge and create damage.

  • Position Chairs:  Keep your chairs or benches back away from the fire pit. You want enough legroom to quickly get up and move about without getting too close to the fire.

  • Watch Children and Pets: When sitting around the fire pit, always watch your children and pets. Do not leave them unsupervised by the fire. Following the 3 feet, away rule is always a good measure.

  • Be a Weather Watcher: The weather can change quickly. Know the direction of the wind before you light the fire. Keep your smartphone around to check any weather updates.

  • Fire Prevention: From the change in weather to a hot burning flame, keeping the fire under control is essential. Prepare for emergencies every time you light a fire. Keep a bucket of water on hand, invest in a fire extinguisher, or purchase a fire blanket to cover the entire pit immediately.

  • Extinguish Your Fire: Before heading indoors for the night, make sure the fire is completely out. Use a bucket of water, spray with the garden hose, or cover with dirt.

Roasting marshmallows or cooking hot dogs, fire pits provide hours of fun for you and your family. When you follow all the safety guidelines, you don't need to worry about the flames getting away from you. If you are looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale with a large backyard for a fire pit, contact us.


Where to Find Farm-Fresh Produce Around Long Island

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Summer's almost here, and it's prime time for farmer's markets. Even though COVID-19 has changed the way some vendors do business, many Long Island farmer's markets are open for business. Whether you're looking for fresh flowers, produce, meat, or other hand-crafted local goodies, you'll find at some of our REALTORS® favorite farmer's markets.  

  • Rockville Centre Farmers Market - Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre, NY 11570 | Sundays, 7 am - 12 pmJune 7 - November 22
    Organized by the Long Island Growers Market, LLC, you'll find plenty of fresh, local fruits and veggies, warm-from-the-oven artisan breads, bagels, rolls and pastries, pickles, jams and jellies, empanadas, and so much more at this fun, friendly farmer's market. While you're at it, explore the area's diverse, walkable downtown, which is filled with restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues just steps from a multitude of Rockville Centre Homes for Sale.

  • Islip Farmers Market - Islip Town Hall Parking Lot, Montauk Highway, Route 27A 655 Main St., Islip | Saturdays, 7 am –-12 pm, June 6 - November 21
    Also supported by the Long Island Grower's Market, Islip Farmer's Market is a great place to pick up local fare and get a feel for this quaint little town. So take a break from checking out Suffolk County homes for sale and give it a try. If you're concerned about safety, all vendors take pre-orders that can be picked up at the market.

  • Kennedy Plaza Farmers Market - 307-369 National Blvd., Long Beach, NY 11561 | Saturdays & Wednesdays, June - November9 am - 2 pm
    Here you'll find shellfish and regional fish, tasty vegan baked goods, ice cream, locally-raised meat, and so much more. Or maybe you're in the mood for some local honey or maple syrup? Make a day of it when you go looking at Nassau County homes for sale and stop by Kennedy Plaza Farmer's Market for some scrumptious treats, and of course, fresh, healthy produce.

  • Three Village Farmers Market - 93 N. Country Road, Setauket, NY 11733 | Fridays, June 12 - Oct 4, 3 pm - 7 pm
    If you're ready for a different kind of date night, Three Village fits the bill. Located on the North Shore of Long Island, this fun Friday night farmer's market is one of the best places to find local cheeses, eggs, and all types of hand-crafted artisanal products. Choose from a variety of unique hot sauces that span the full range of spicy, and then cool it down with some homemade fudge.

  • Havens Farmers Market, 16 S. Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964 | Saturdays, 9 am - 12:30 pm
    From locally-crafted wine to a plethora of treats like homemade nut butters, pickles, fruit, vegetables, and cheese, this Shelter Island farmer's market is a can't-miss spot. The 10-minute ferry ride from the Greenport North Ferry Station gives you a breathtaking view of this gorgeous area nestled between the North and South Forks of Long Island.

Ready to learn more about Long Beach and its rich history and culture? Our experienced real estate professionals can help you find the home you've been looking for. Contact us today to get started.


Time to Buy the Doughnuts: National Doughnut Day is June 5

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The first Friday in June means one thing – it's time to eat the doughnuts! Believe it or not, National Doughnut Day has important historical significance. The Salvation Army Lassies served doughnuts to our troops on the front lines in Europe during WWI. The doughnuts were actually cooked inside of the troops' helmets, giving these infantrymen the nickname of "doughboys." Today, we celebrate their commitment to feeding our country's soldiers by enjoying these delicious baked goods.

National Doughnut Day falls on Friday, June 5th, this year and our REALTORS® are ready to dive into a box of delicious doughnuts. Whether you spell it "doughnut" or "donut", you do not want to miss out on tasty treats from these Long Island bakeries.

  • East Main & Main – 250 E. Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    What does East Main & Main Donuts do? They crush doughnuts unlike anyone else on Long Island. Their offerings are outrageous. The Homer is a classic Simpsons-inspired doughnut with strawberry frosting and rainbow sprinkles. The Big Daddy is a huge Boston cream dipped in chocolate, while the Cereal Killer has milk frosting and fruity pebbles cereal. From the Holy Cannoli to the Rainbow Cookie and Reese's Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, we suggest you just order one of each so you can sample them all! Better yet, celebrate National Doughnut Day every weekend and stop in for a new doughnut every weekend that you tour Port Jefferson homes for sale.

  • Stella Blue – 188 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
    Make National Doughnut Day extra groovy with a few sweet treats from Stella Blue. This Grateful Dead-themed bistro, just across the road from the best Huntington homes for sale, is known as a foodie paradise. Order a few of their homemade doughnuts, available in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar varieties accompanying chocolate and vanilla dipping sauces. Thankfully, their only sizes are a dozen or a half-dozen, which means no judgment if you order by the boxful.

  • Wall's Bake Shop – 1336 Broadway, Hewlett, NY 11557
    Are you going to surprise your coworkers with boxes upon boxes of doughnuts? Let Wall's Bake Shop help you out. Just a quick drive on your way to work from beautiful neighborhoods with Hewlett homes for sale, Wall's is churning out baked goods of every variety, including scrumptious doughnuts. Sneak an extra box for yourself and make National Doughnut Day an all-day affair.

  • Hummel Hummel Bakery – 572 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, NY 11731
    If you've moved into one of our East Northport homes for sale, you've certainly heard of the world-famous "Pizza Crumbs" from Hummel Hummel Bakery. What you may not know is that they also whip up fantastic doughnuts. They've got you covered with all of the classics: Boston cream, jelly, French crullers, glazed twists, and Sunday doughnuts. They also have a selection of danishes if you're looking for a little variety.

  • Bagel Chalet – 36 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack, NY 11725
    Don't let their name fool you! Bagel Chalet knows how to make a tasty doughnut, especially if you're searching for something other than the basic glazed. Not far from Commack homes for sale, head over to Bagel Chalet for a bear claw or a danish. If you just so happen to grab a bagel and a smear on National Doughnut Day, we won't tell as long as you bring us one too!

Do you want to grab a box of doughnuts and cruise around Long Island looking for Suffolk County homes for sale? We're here to help! Contact us today to schedule virtual tours or private showings of Suffolk and Nassau County homes for sale.


Long Island: Create a Time Capsule With Your Family

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Has your family run out of words for Scrabble? Maybe you've binged everything in your Netflix queue. Our REALTORS® understand the difficulty of finding new and entertaining ways to pass the time at your home on Long Island.

Creating a time capsule is an absorbing and rewarding activity that pays dividends now and later. Use these helpful suggestions to start a creative project involving the whole family.

  1. Make It Personal
    Traditional time capsules tend to focus on historical context, with documents and artifacts that objectively depict events of the time. While such items can certainly be part of your time capsule, the primary purpose is to relate each family member's personal experience during the COVID-19 quarantine.

  2. Limit Technology
    It's tempting to use the convenience of flash drives, DVDs, and other digital storage. While improvements in technology are largely a good thing, they come so quickly that storage forms can be outdated by the time you're ready to open the capsule. Stick to hard copies of photos and writings wherever possible.

  3. Document Your Surroundings
    Our world has temporarily shrunk to include only our immediate surroundings, which is your home, and what you can see from the windows. Draw a diagram of your neighborhood or print a picture off Google Maps. Add as much as you can about who lives where and what your interaction is with them. Also include detailed photos of your home, both exterior and interior.

  4. Make Lists
    There's a reason "listicles" are so popular in online media. They're easy to read while still imparting a lot of information. Stay-at-home provides almost an endless selection of topics to build lists around. Possible choices include TV shows and movies you've watched, games you've played, new recipes you've tried, and books you've read.

  5. Include Meaningful Mementos
    Newspapers and magazines are great inclusions to give a global perspective of events, but be sure to include items that are relevant to you and your family. Consider options such as a toilet paper roll (empty, of course), face mask, wrappers from favorite snack foods, and locks of hair from each family member (including pets!).

  6. H Is for Homework 
    Homeschooling has become the rule instead of the exception. Include copies of reports, math problems, spelling quizzes, and other examples of schoolwork your kids have done so they can recognize their accomplishments. 

  7. Say It in a Letter
    Are you or your kids unsure where to start? Writing thoughts down in the form of a letter makes it easier to maintain a casual, conversational tone. Address the letter to a friend, another family member, or your future self.

  8. Look Ahead
    What do you see happening one year, five years, or 10 years down the road? Have each family member write down their predictions for the future. Everybody can have fun giving their imaginations free rein, and you can look forward to finding out whether any of the dreams become reality.

  9. Set an Opening Date
    Think carefully about when you plan to open the time capsule. A certain amount of distance, at least 10 years, makes the opening more meaningful. You may want to coordinate the opening with a milestone birthday, anniversary, or other significant family occasion.

Do your future plans include a new home? Contact us at Coach Realtors for up-to-the-minute information on Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale.


Long Island: Pay a Virtual Visit to These Libraries

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With businesses and public facilities shut down all across the state, many people are looking for new ways to entertain themselves from home. Thanks to the incredible online resources offered by our local libraries, we all have plenty of options!

All of the libraries around Nassau and Suffolk counties are currently allowing residents to apply for a digital library card so you can access their digital materials from your home even if you're not already a member. Take a look at some of the other special services that are currently available.

  • Floral Park Public Library: 17 Caroline Place Floral Park, NY 11001
    The Floral Park Public Library, near these Floral Park homes for sale, has an impressive catalog of digital books and materials available to anyone who has a library card. While you're on the library's website, make sure to scroll through the home page where you'll find links to all kinds of digital resources. This includes a link to the Teen BookCloud website designed especially for teens in grades 7 through 12, a  "Kidz Bop Dance-Along Video," and more. Follow their Facebook page where you'll find online storytimes, virtual Family Trivia Night and more! 
  • Garden City Public Library: 60 7th St. Garden City, NY 11530
    Located not far from some of the best Garden City homes for sale, the Garden City Public Library has a great selection of ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, and resources like live tutoring, test prep, and language courses. The library also hopes to launch more links to virtual programming in the coming days. Keep an eye on their website and Facebook page so you can stay on top of their latest announcements. 
  • Rockville Centre Public Library: 221 N. Village Ave. Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    If you've been thinking about moving into one of the beautiful Rockville Centre homes for sale, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the Rockville Centre Public Library. Browse their collection of ebooks, audiobooks, streaming video, digital magazines, and resources including live tutoring. They're also offering a variety of virtual programs including children's Storytime Circle, "Music for Aardvarks," and a Mother/Daughter Book Discussion that's appropriate for fifth through seventh graders. Follow their Facebook page for more information and updates.  
  • Port Washington Public Library: 1 Library Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050
    Port Washington Public Library has many options for digital downloads and streaming, including music, video, and comic books. Through their website, you can also access online courses, learn languages, download interactive animated talking storybooks for kids, and more! This great library is just one of the reasons why Port Washington homes for sale are so popular. Check out their list of upcoming events like virtual storytime, family yoga, book clubs, and more. You can keep up with all of their events and updates by following their Facebook page.  
  • Huntington Public Library: 338 Main St. Huntington, NY 11743
    Once you apply for your temporary library card, you'll have access to all of Huntington Public Library's ebooks, digital magazines, streaming movies and music, and more. You can also access right through the library's website. Children will enjoy the huge array of educational resources, including Brainfuse, Sesame Street ebooks, National Geographic Kids, and more! When the library opens back up, we suggest stopping in and taking a look around. It's near some best Huntington homes for sale, so it will be easy to visit when you're in the area. 

Times have certainly changed, but at Coach Realtors, we're still helping people buy and sell their homes! We're offering virtual open houses and making other accommodations to maintain safe social distancing during the entire process. Don't put your dreams on hold! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 


Celebrate National Hiking Day Around Long Island

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Lace up your hiking boots! November 17 is National Hiking Day, and if ever there was a great time to hit the trail, this is it. Here on Long Island, we're blessed to be surrounded by some of the most picturesque hiking trails in the Northeast, and our REALTORS® are excited to share some of their favorites!

  • Trail View State Park - 8101 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797
    The name says it all. Trail View State Park is a 400-acre, 7.4-mile linear park that offers sweeping views of Long Island's hardwood forests, wide-open fields, and rich marshlands. The trail straddles the line between Suffolk and Nassau counties, and offers some of the best hiking opportunities in both, just minutes from many Nassau County homes for sale. The park's wealth of wildlife habitat also makes it a top spot for bird watching in the region. 

  • Muttontown Preserve - Jericho Oyster Bay Road, East Norwich, NY 11732
    Muttontown Preserve is Nassau County's largest preserve, encompassing 550 acres of woodlands, fields, ponds, and estate grounds. Right around the corner from these East Norwich homes for sale, the preserve includes 20 miles of trails that are great for spotting spring wildflowers as well as brilliant fall foliage. 

  • Cold Spring Harbor State Park - Cold Spring Harbor State Park
    A quiet park spanning 40 miles of rolling hills, Cold Spring Harbor State Park is a lovely place for an afternoon hike, with well-groomed trails lined with towering oaks and thickets of mountain laurel. The park is a stone's throw from these Suffolk County homes for sale, and marks the northernmost trailhead of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail, which extends well beyond the park's boundaries all the way to the south shore of Nassau County. 

  • Walt Whitman Trail - 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746
    Few authors captured the beauty of the American wilderness quite like Walt Whitman, and the Walt Whitman Trail truly does his work justice. It's an 8-mile loop hike that starts and ends at the Walt Whitman Home in Huntington Station before circling through West Hills County Park and crossing Jayne's Hill, the highest point on Long Island. Be sure to check out the Walt Whitman Home while you're there, along with these lovely Huntington homes for sale.

  • Avalon Park & Preserve - Harbor Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790
    Encompassing five distinct plant and animal habitats, Avalon Park & Preserve offers an opportunity to step rich landscape that feels miles away from modern life. Once a residential site in the early 1900s, the area has been allowed to revert to its natural state over the past century. Home to a wealth of birds, butterflies, and other wild creatures, Avalon Park & Preserve is convenient to many Stony Brook homes for sale, and is open to hikers from dawn to dusk every day. Leashed pets are permitted as well. 

  • Caleb Smith State Park Preserve - 581 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787
    Nestled in the cozy community of Smithtown, 543-acre Caleb Smith State Park Preserve is one of the best places on Long Island to reconnect with nature. With many miles of hiking trails meandering through secluded woodlands and along the banks of the Nissequogue River, the park is home to rare plants and endangered birds, and is just minutes from Smithtown homes for sale.

We love life on Long Island, and we think you will too! With all the amenities of the big city and wide-open spaces of the country, it's a truly unique place to call home. Contact us today to learn more, and talk to our team about finding your new home.


Having a Scary Good Time Around Long Island

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Looking to have a scary good time around Long Island this October? Our REALTORS® love exploring Long Island from end to end, searching for awesome Halloween activities for friends and families. Trust us — there are tons of ghoulishly great events happening throughout Suffolk and Nassau Counties all month long! Here are five frighteningly fun activities to put on your spooky schedule.

  • Halloween Family Fun Fest at The Madison Theatre at Molloy College — 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570 | Oct. 26
    The annual Halloween Family Fun Fest outside of the Madison Theatre at Molloy College is a great place to celebrate Halloween with your little ones. An entire afternoon is dedicated to pumpkin picking and decorating, mask making, trick or treating, and more! With a bounce house, haunted house, petting zoo, games, and other fun activities, this event is one of the best on Long Island. Be sure to bring a costume to wear after you've checked out our Rockville Centre homes for sale.

  • A Kooky Spooky Halloween at Theatre Three —2 Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777 | Oct. 5-26
    Interested in a hauntingly fun trip to the theater? Then be sure to buy tickets to A Kooky Spooky Halloween at Theatre Three this October! This family-friendly musical tells the tale of a ghost who — believe it or not — is afraid of the dark! Abner Perkins is a spirit who is easily scared. Join him and his friends as they learn the power of helping others in this fun play. There is also a special Sensory Sensitive Performance on Oct 6! Take a break from visiting Port Jefferson homes for sale and sit back for a fun show!

  • Elwood Pumpkin Farm — 1500 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743 | Sept. 21 – Oct. 31
    Nothing says Halloween quite like a visit to the pumpkin patch. Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm is the most western pumpkin farm on Long Island, offering visitors and residents alike the chance to come and pick out the perfect pumpkin. Grown right there on the farm, your children can pick a pumpkin straight from the vine, run through a corn maze, and enjoy a hayride. Open from September 21, be sure to schedule a visit next time you're considering looking at Huntington homes for sale.

  • Sleepy Hollow and the Great Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin Blaze with Long Island Museum — 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790 | Oct. 16
    Here's a fun Halloween event that is educational and exciting. The Fall Bus Trip hosted by the Long Island Museum heads to Sleepy Hollow and the Great Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin Blaze. Attendees will first tour Sunnyside, the home of famous writer Washington Irving who penned The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The tour will also travel to The Great Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin Blaze at Van Cortland Manor, where you'll see dozens of artfully carved pumpkins lighting up the night. This is a full day trip so consider scheduling viewings of Stony Brook homes for sale the day prior or after.

  • Hoyt Farm Monster Mash — 200 New Highway, Commack, NY 11725 | Oct. 19-20
    Are you looking for an exclusive Halloween treat that's great for the whole family? Then get ready to do the mash at Hoyt Farm! The Hoyt Farm Monster Mash is open to Smithtown residents only and limits tickets to no more than four family members. This exciting children's Halloween festival is a must-do for families of all ages. Crafts, face painting, pony rides, games, pumpkin picking, hayrides, haunted houses, and more are included in your ticket price. The Hoyt Farm Monster Mash is a creative way to spend the afternoon after visiting new Commack homes for sale.

Trick or treating for more great homes throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties? Contact us today, and we'll make sure you get a sweet treat without the tricks!


Welcome September at these Long Island Fall Festivals

Long Island Fall Festivals in September
September is doubtless one of the best months of the year on Long Island, with beautiful weather, end-of-summer fun, and tons of great events for residents of all ages. Whether you're looking for a family outing, a local festival, live entertainment, or even an event where you can sample Long Island's best hard cider, you'll find it during September. Our REALTORS® are ready to enjoy the final days of summer, and we've put together a guide to six great events where you can celebrate September around Long Island.

  1. East Northport Festival – September 6 to 8 – 190 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, NY 11731
    Looking for family fun close to East Northport homes for sale? Then be sure to visit the East Northport Festival, which is returning for its 24th year in 2019. The East Northport Festival is considered one of Long Island's top festivals.  It features fun and game for the whole family, including games and rides, live entertainment, an international food court, sidewalk sales, exhibits, and customed characters. Connect with the East Northport community on September 6 - 8 at John Walsh Memorial Park.

  2. Pour the Core – September 28 – 1 Heckscher State Parkway, East Islip, NY 11730
    East Islip homes for sale make it easy to attend Pour the Core, Long Island's biggest and best hard cider festival. Whether you're a hard cider fan or simply want to try something new, this unique festival is sure to have something for you. Sample some of the area's best hard cider, enjoy some delicious food, and soak up the sun at Heckscher State Park. There are over 75 ciders to sample, along with a donut eating contest and local food trucks.

  3. Italian Festival – September 5 to 8 – 175 W Shore Rd., Port Washington, NY 11050
    If you're searching for a great, local event close to Port Washington homes for sale, set aside some time for the annual Italian Festival in North Hempstead Beach Park. This is one of the largest Italian heritage festivals on Long Island, with fantastic food an so much more. Enjoy live entertainment, carnival games, educational opportunities, and a celebration of Italian culture throughout the weekend.

  4. Village Cup Regatta – September 7 – 1 Surf Ave., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    Located just a short drive from Port Jefferson homes for sale you'll find the Port Jefferson Yacht Club, which hosts the annual Village Cup Regatta. Settle in to watch Port Jefferson's annual boat race, with all proceeds going toward cancer research. Attend the reception, reserve a seat on a spectator boat, and take in a race for the ages.

  5. Commack Day – September 28 – 200 New Highway, Commack, NY 11725
    Shopping for Commack homes for sale? Get a taste of what makes the community special at the second annual Commack Day, a community event for all ages. This local event is filled with food, drink, vendors, and fun games for kids. All proceeds go toward charity, so you can support a good cause while having a great time.

  6. Cow Harbor Day Weekend – September 20 to 22 – 54 Woodbine Ave., Northport, NY 11768
    Want to know what makes Northport homes for sale so popular? Start by visiting the annual Great Cow Harbor Day Weekend festival, one of the biggest local events of the year. The festival features a concert, 10k run, a lighted boat display, a boat parade, great food, and plenty of fun around the docks.

Searching for a home close to all of the action on Long Island during every season? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.


Long Island Golf: 6 Must-Play Courses

Long Island Golf Courses
The waterfront destinations, rolling meadows, and conserved natural sites of Long Island provide a wealth of opportunities for outdoor fun, including some of the best golf in the region. Whether you're looking for an affordable, public course, an elegant, private club, or anything in between, you'll have no trouble finding what you seek on Long Island. Our REALTORS® know Long Island golf, and we're here to share 6 of the best local golf courses in Long Island communities.

  1. Harbor Links Golf Course – One Fairway Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050
    Located a short drive from Port Washington homes for sale, you'll find the top-rated Harbor Links Golf Course. Ranked as one of Long Island's top public courses, Harbor Links features both an 18-hole championship course, and a 9-hole executive course that's perfect for fitting in a quick round. With a scenic North Shore location, you'll have beautiful views no matter which course you play.

  2. Crab Meadow Golf Course – 220 Waterside Rd., Northport, NY 11768
    Northport homes for sale make it easy to reach the popular Crab Meadow Golf Course, one of the newest courses on our list. The scenery here is phenomenal, with nearly every shot providing a view of the Long Island Sound. Of course, the golf is great, too, with a course that measures 6213 yards from the white tees, providing a fair, challenging layout for golfers of all experience levels.

  3. Dix Hills Park Golf Course – 575 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Dix Hills, NY 11746
    Looking for a quick, fun golf outing near Dix Hills homes for sale? Stop by the 9-hole Dix Hills Park Golf Course, where you can enjoy a round in a casual, family-friendly setting. Dix Hills Park Golf Course is a par 31 layout perfect for a family golf outing, with generous fairways and large greens to target.

  4. Garden City Country Club – 206 Stewart Ave., Garden City, NY 11530
    If you're searching for great golf close to Garden City homes for sale, make time to visit the historic Garden City Country Club. Founded in 1916, GCCC has been providing one of Long Island's premiere country club experiences for more than 100 years. The facility also features racquet sports, along with extensive event spaces.

  5. Port Jefferson Country Club – 44 Fairway Dr., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    With 18 holes overlooking the Long Island Sound and a location close to Port Jefferson homes for sale, the acclaimed Port Jefferson Country Club offers so much more than excellent golf. Port Jefferson Country Club is an excellent place to enjoy racquet sports, take lessons from a pro, or host a social event. There's also a busy schedule of special events at the club, especially on weekends.

  6. Stonebridge Golf Links & Country Club – 2000 Raynors Way, Smithtown, NY 11787
    You won't have any trouble finding a place to play 18 holes when you shop for Smithtown homes for sale, thanks to highly rated local courses like the Stonebridge Golf Links & Country Club. The tree-lined course at Stone Bridge Golf Links features rolling fairways, water features, and beautiful landscaping everywhere you turn. Stonebridge also offer junior golf programs, along with lessons for players of all experience levels.

Still searching for a home that allows you to enjoy all of the great golf and outdoor fun in Long Island communities? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.


5 Long Island Locations to Keep Your Kids Busy

Long Island Kid-Friendly Events

Long Island Celebrates National Anti-Boredom Month

Do your kids wait anxiously for the start of summer vacation only to start complaining about boredom by July? That was the inspiration for designating July as National Anti-Boredom Month. Celebrate with your kids at these great family-friendly events and activities around Long Island recommended by our REALTORS®.

  1. Long Island Children's Museum - 11 Davis Ave., Garden City 11530
    Want to keep the kids entertained and sneak a little learning in on the side? The Long Island Children's Museum, just minutes away from Garden City homes for sale, is full of interactive exhibits to promote exploration and skill development for all ages. Learning spaces include 14 exhibit galleries, a 140-seat theater, and four classroom-size studios. In addition, "Our Garden" is the summer-only backyard exhibit that includes a water play area. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday except for July and August, when the museum is open seven days a week. General admission is $14.
  2. Theatre Three - 412 Main St., Port Jefferson 11777
    Take a break from screens of all types and let your kids discover the joys of live theater at Theatre Three, conveniently located near Port Jefferson homes for sale. Theatre Three has an entire program dedicated to staging works for children. This summer's schedule includes one-hour performances of classic stories Cinderella in July and Pinocchio in August. On July 7, the 11 a.m. performance of Cinderella is sensory-free for anyone with sensitivities to lights, noise, and other stimuli. Reserved seats for all ages are $10.
  3. AR Workshop - 273 Main St., Port Washington 11050
    Arts and crafts are classic summer activities. AR Workshop offers kids and family events where you can create one-of-a-kind decor items such as pillows, wall hangings, and tote bags to dress up Port Washington homes for sale. Fees include all materials, tools, and instruction. You can also bring your favorite munchies and small appetizers to enjoy during the session.
  4. Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve - 200 New Hwy., Commack 11725
    One of the benefits of Smithtown homes for sale is access to Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve. The grounds feature an apple orchard, wooded areas, and a pond as well as open fields. Bring along a bird-watching guide and let the kids see how many species they can find. Afterward, they can burn off some energy at the baseball fields, playground, and water park. Pack a picnic lunch and make an entire day of it. Hoyt Farm is open 9 a.m. until dusk year-round. 
  5. Caumsett State Historic Park - 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Huntington 11743
    Caumsett State Historic Park is devoted to the enjoyment of nature found not far from Huntington homes for sale, but it has a colorful past as part of Long Island's famed Gold Coast. In the 1920s, the 1,500-acre grounds were the estate of Marshall Field III, heir to the department store fortune. Now four miles of trails wind through woods and across meadows to Long Island Sound. The park's summer calendar includes several kid-centric events such as "clown college," magic shows and guided hikes. Park hours are sunrise until sunset seven days a week year-round and the vehicle entrance fee is $8.

Learn why Long Island is a wonderful place to raise a family. Contact us at Coach REALTORS® for help from one of our friendly Long Island real estate professionals.


Celebrating July 4 on Long Island

Long Island July 4
It's almost time to enjoy one of Long Island's most popular holidays with July 4 fireworks, cruises, and celebrations throughout our local communities.

Long Island hosts some of the country's most spectacular fireworks displays on Independence Day. Whether you're looking to explore local history, settle in with the family for a night of fun, or hit the water for an evening of dining, drinks, and spectacular fireworks shows, you'll find a Long Island event right for you. Our REALTORS® have the details about how you can celebrate America this July 4 on Long Island.

  1. Stars Over Montauk - Umbrella Beach, Old Montauk Highway, Montauk 11954
    Suffolk County homes for sale offer easy access to the Stars Over Montauk July 4 celebration, which always ranks as one of the biggest on Long Island. Presented by the acclaimed Grucci Fireworks team, Stars Over Montauk is a spectacular show that only seems to get bigger and better every year. The fireworks begin at 9:30 pm and are visible from a variety of beachfront locations.

  2. Long Island Ducks Fireworks - 3 Court House Dr., Central Islip 11722
    Head out for an evening of baseball, fireworks, and family fun when the Long Island Ducks take on the Sugarland Skeeters.  The Long Island Ducks Fireworks Spectacular is easy to reach from East Islip homes for sale, and games are popular local gathering places throughout the summer. The fireworks don't start until after the game ends, so this event provides a full evening of fun.

  3. Jones Beach Fireworks Spectacular - 1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh 11793
    Nassau County homes for sale make it easy to watch the Jones Beach Fireworks Spectacular, which features some of the most creative pyrotechnics that you'll find anywhere on July 4. Watch a brilliant display of fireworks, set to an array of patriotic songs, surrounded by the beautiful setting of Jones Beach.

  4. Viking Fleet Fireworks Cruise - 412 W Lake Dr., Montauk 11954
    If you want to experience Stars Over Montauk from a unique point of view, be sure to reserve your spot on the Viking Fleet Fireworks Cruise. The cruise features a buffet, drinks, music, dancing, and unmatched views of the fireworks.

  5. Jones Beach Fireworks Cruise - 31 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport 11520
    Heading to Jones Beach, instead? There's a fireworks cruise there, too! The Jones Beach Fireworks Cruise has a live DJ, cash bar, snacks, and a smooth ride to the best seats in the house for the fireworks show.

  6. Parade of American Flags  – 633 Mt. Sinai Coram Rd., Mt. Sinai 11766
    Looking for something fun and educational to do before all of the great fireworks start? Head to the Avenue of America for the Parade of American Flags, located close to Mount Sinai homes for sale. Here you'll find a collection of 100 national, state, and territorial flags spanning the history of America. Learn about the history of each flag and discover the symbols that make each flag special. This free event is open to all ages and is a great way to experience some patriotic pride on Independence Day.

Are you searching for a home of your own, close to all of the great holiday events on Long Island throughout the year? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.


How to Celebrate Long Island Dads on Father's Day

Long Island Fathers Day

Father's Day is June 16th, and our REALTORS® want to take a moment to thank the many father-figures that have made our lives amazing. Whether a father works long hours at the office or spends day and night caring for his children, being a dad is no easy job. In appreciation of the hard work and sacrifices our fathers have made, celebrate of Father's Day by grabbing your dad or grandfather and treating them to a delicious meal, cold beverage or fun activity around Long Island.

  1. Rothmann's Steakhouse – 6319 Northern Blvd., East Norwich, NY 11732
    Treat your dad to a dinner fit for a king at Rothmann's Steakhouse. Not far from East Norwich homes for sale, Rothmann's has been attracting diners from far and wide for over a century — including famous faces like President Theodore Roosevelt and Elizabeth Taylor. One of New York's premier steakhouses, Rothmann's is known for their 38-day dry aged prime beef steaks, live Maine lobsters and special sushi rolls. Bring dad for a dinner of steaks and scotch or get an early start with a brunch buffet of omelets, seafood and more!

  2. Harbor Links – 1 Fairway Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050
    Spend the afternoon on the links with dad at Long Island's premier public golf course. Harbor Links, close to Port Washington homes for sale, features the award-winning 18-hole Championship Course and a par-31 9-hole Executive Course.  We're sure every dad will agree — a rough day on the putting green is better than a good day at work!

  3. Huntington Humidor – 8 New St., Huntington, NY 11743
    Does your dad love the taste of a smooth cigar? Then take him to the Huntington Humidor for the finest quality cigars near Huntington homes for sale. Specializing in the best tobacco selections from around the world, you and your father can hang out in the public lounge and enjoy a quiet smoke. Looking for a more exclusive gift? Rent a private lounge for the two of you which includes Wi-Fi, multiple televisions, coffee service and so much more!

  4. Port Jeff Brewing Company – 22 Mill Creek Rd., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    Trust us — your dad deserves a cold beer and there's no better place in Port Jefferson to find a delicious craft beer than the Port Jeff Brewing Company. Located just a few minutes from Port Jefferson homes for sale, Port Jeff Brewing Company is a craft brewery that has a tasting room perfect for sampling their small-batch beers. Their year-round selection includes the Trippel H Belgian style ale, the Party Boat IPA and the powerful Porter. They also release special beers throughout the year so you never know what tasty brew on tap might become your dad's new favorite beer.

  5. Angler Fishing Fleet – 405 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050
    Every dad deserves an adventure at sea, and The Angler Fleet fishing charter will give your father an amazing half-day trip on the Long Island Sound. Set sail from Inspiration Warf near Port Washington homes for sale and head into the Sound to catch striped bass, blackfish, flounder and porgy. These calm waters are perfect for casting a line and kicking back for a relaxing afternoon with your dad!

  6. Bowlero Commack – 2183 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
    Bowling plus beer and bite-sized snacks equal the perfect Father's Day afternoon! Iron your dad's old bowling shirt and bring him to Bowlero for a few frames of fun. Just down the street from Commack homes for sale, Bowlero has 40 lanes, an arcade, sports bar and lounge area where you two can spend the day trying to conquer the dreaded 7-10 split. If you're looking for a budget-friendly activity after dinner, be sure to stop by after 6 pm for reduced game prices and arcade card deals.

Would you like to treat your dad to more Father's Day fun? Contact us today and let us help you make this Father's Day special by finding Dad the perfect Long Island home for sale.


Long Island Outdoors: Favorite Spots to Go Running

Long Island Running Trails

Long Island — are you ready for a run? June 5th is National Running Day, and our REALTORS® are ready to lace up our running shoes and get our hearts pumping! Whether you run 5Ks like there's no tomorrow or can only fit in a good jog when work calms down, any time spent running is a great way to clear the mind and strengthen the body. We hope you'll join us in celebrating National Running Day at some favorite Long Island spots for running.

  1. Avalon Park & Preserve – 200 Harbor Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    Run away from it all — or at least for a little while — with a trip to Avalon Park & Preserve. Just across from Stony Brook homes for sale, this natural conservation area is home to jogging trails that will you across five different types of habitats. You can create a running route of any length around this 8-acre preserve as the various trails intersect and loop at different points. Pavement, crushed stone and boardwalk paths will give your feet a change of pace as you get lost in the labyrinth located in the center of the park.

  2. Blydenburgh County Park – 100 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Smithtown, NY 11787
    Surrounding Smithtown homes for sale are several parks including Blydenburgh County Park. Run their trail from the entrance to Stump Pond or follow the trail as it connects you to Forestwood Park and Caleb Smith State Park. Blydenburgh County Park is also a perfect place to get your run in with your furry friend. Let them off the leash at the Blydenburgh Dog Park and run around together in celebration of National Running Day!

  3. Heckscher State Park – 1 Heckscher State Parkway, East Islip, NY 1730
    Not far from East Islip homes for sale is Heckscher State Park, a perfect spot for tons of outdoor activities including a great run. This 1,600-acre park has four miles of paved trails. Jog along the Great South Bay and keep your eye out for deer, birds and other wildlife that you may encounter on the trails.

  4. RVC Athletic Complex/Hempstead Lake – Peninsula Blvd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    Do you prefer track or trail? What about indoor or outdoor? At the RVC Athletic Complex, you can run whichever route you desire! Located just across the street from Rockville Centre homes for sale, the RVC Athletic Complex is home to Malloy College's sports teams. Run on their indoor track or soak up some sun on the outdoor track. For those who want to go the distance, you can run the trail around Hempstead Lake.  

  5. Northport Nautical Mile – From Laurel Ave School (158 Laurel Ave) to Northport Village Dock (1 Main St.), Northport, NY 11768
    The Northport Nautical Mile is a June 15th race organized by the Northport Running Club, however, you can run this route any day of the year! Explore the village as you run passed Northport homes for sale down to the Northport Bay. If you extend your run, continue north beside Northport Park or south near Cow Harbor Park and enjoy the refreshing breeze along the bayside.

Looking for Suffolk and Nassau County homes for sale?  Our REALTORS® are ready to help you get the race started toward homeownership in one of our nearby communities.


Summer Camps for Long Island Kids

Long Island Summer Camps
This summer, our REALTORS® want to help you find the perfect summer camp for your children. From half-day camps to overnight trips, these six facilities create unforgettable summers for kids of all ages.

  1. Saint Patrick's Teen Travel Camp – 280 East Main St., Smithtown, NY 11787 
    Looking for a way to get your teen to put their phone in their pocket and get engaged with the world around them? Consider enrolling them in Saint Patrick's Teen Travel Camp. These overnight travel groups offer kids 13-15 unforgettable trips to places like Hershey Park and Disney. Saint Pat's has other fun and immersive summer camps for kids aged 3-5 and 6-12. Lunches will be served and each child will get a camp t-shirt to wear during trip days. This great summer camp experience is only steps away from Smithtown homes for sale but it will take your children on supervised adventures around the East Coast.

  2. American Theatre Dance Workshop – 500 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY 11501 
    Families looking at Garden City homes for sale are always interested in learning about the cultural and arts programs offered around town for children. The American Theatre Dance Workshop offers three amazing summer camps for kids of all ages. The general dance camp features creative dancing, ballet, tap or theatre dancing while the intensive camps increase the skill level with the addition of pointe, hip hop and modern dance along with vocal and acting work. For the most magical experience, girls can attend Princess Dance Camp where they will dance to their favorite songs, complete arts and crafts, and even get a surprise visit from some Princesses!

  3. Buckley Day Camp – 2 I.U. Willets Rd., Roslyn, NY 11576 
    Buckley Day Camp hosts six different camps in the village of Roslyn, just a small drive from Manhasset homes for sale. Junior Camp is perfect for the little ones that haven't yet entered grade school while the Intermediate Camp facilitates activities for grades 1-4. The Senior Camp, Teen Camp and CIT Camp each offer hours of fun for kids in grades 5-7, 8-9 and 10-11, respectively. Mom and dad can join the fun too with Parent & Child Camp for 18-30 month children. View Buckley's camp calendar and give your child memories that will last a lifetime.

  4. Camp W – 121 Wolf Hill Rd., Melville, NY 11747 
    Athletics mixed with academics and every activity in between — the day camps at Camp W are filled with a diverse schedule that will pique the interest of any aged child. Kids take to the field for football and softball then can learn magic, martial arts, website design and so much more. If you're planning on moving into Huntington homes for sale this summer, Camp W is a wonderful neighbor to have.

  5. Garvies Point Museum & Preserve Summer Day Camps – 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove, NY 11542 
    Keep your children's minds active with hands-on activities at summer day camps provided by Garvies Point Museum & Preserve. These themed weeks cover topics like nature, geology and Native American history. They'll learn about animals, plants, astronomy and more while making new friends in these educational workshops. The Garvies Point Museum & Preserve is located along Barry Drive surrounded by beautiful Nassau County homes for sale.

  6. New York Musician's Center – 701 Bedford Ave., Bellmore, NY 11710 
    Make summer vacation rock with the camps at New York Musician's Center. This national award-winning music school has been voted the best place for music lessons on Long Island near Rockville Centre homes for sale. Guitar, piano, singing, drum and string instrument lessons are available during these 20-hour camps. Let this summer camp take your 4th-9th graders on a musical journey!

For more information about summer camps or homes for sale on Long Island, contact us today.


6 Spots on Long Island for the Perfect Selfie

Did you know that May 21st is National Selfie Day? It's true, so now is the time to start planning your Instagram exploits for this unique holiday. Fortunately, Long Island is the perfect place to celebrate National Selfie Day, no matter what type of background you like for your favorite photos. From scenic shorelines to quaint downtowns, historic farms, parks, and sprawling natural beauty, there are so many great places on Long Island to snap the perfect selfie. Our REALTORS® know every corner of Long Island, and we've got six great, Instagram-worthy spots where you can snap the perfect selfie this year.

  1. Stony Brook University Sculpture Garden – 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook 11794
    Looking to show off your artistic side in a selfie? Stony Brook homes for sale make it easy to reach the scenic Stony Brook University campus and its unique sculpture garden. Snap a selfie in this beautiful, outdoor setting, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a thriving college campus.

  2. Montauk Lighthouse – 2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk 11954
    Capture Long Island's nautical vibe with a selfie at the historic Montauk Lighthouse, with beautiful views of the sea, rocky shore, and of course the lighthouse itself. Stopping by during the sunset can make for an awe-inspiring shot of one of Long Island's iconic photo spots. There's also a museum on-site, where you can learn more about the Montauk Lighthouse.

  3. Oheka Castle – 135 West Gate Dr., Huntington 11743
    The Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate, located in Huntington, is one of the most beautiful properties in all of Long Island. Huntington homes for sale are just a quick trip from this gorgeous Gold Coast mansion, where you will find the ideal backdrop for a stately selfie.

  4. Adventureland – 2245 Broad Hollow Rd., Farmingdale 11735
    One of Long Island's favorite spots for family fun is also a great place to snap a selfie, with bright lights, big rides, and families having the time of their lives. With its convenient location in Farmingdale, Adventureland is easily accessible from a wide variety of Nassau County homes for sale.

  5. Long Island Aquarium – 431 E Main St., Riverhead 11901
    With both indoor and outdoor exhibits along with a vast collection of aquatic life, the Long Island Aquarium is a fun destination for nature-lovers of all ages. It's also a perfect spot for a selfie, with thousands of fish and aquatic animals that provide a truly unique background for your photo.

  6. Avalon Park and Preserve – 200 Harbor Rd., Stony Brook 11790
    Return to scenic Stony Brook to visit Avalon Park and Preserve, which regularly ranks as one of the most beautiful spots on Long Island. This park showcases the rich natural history of the area and inspires wonder in all who visit. Doesn't that sound like a great place for a selfie? Best of all, you can come back during each season to grab another stunning shot of yourself at the park.

Still searching for the perfect home close to all of the beautiful scenery and Instagram-worthy vistas of Long Island? Contact us to buy, sell, and learn about real estate throughout the Long Island, NY area.


Celebrate Long Island Living at the Montauk Music Festival

Montauk Music Festival
Montauk residents and music lovers from across the state are anxiously awaiting the 10th annual Montauk Music Festival (MMF). This year, the four-day event will feature over 400 up-and-coming musical artists from a variety of genres including rock, alternative, pop, hip-hop, folk, jazz, reggae, blues, country, and more!

Our real estate agents rank MMF as one of their favorite events of the year, and once you check it out, you'll understand why. Here's everything you need to know so you and your family can get the most out of this not-to-be-missed event.

4 Days of Entertainment at Montauk Music Festival

MMF kicks off on Thursday, May 16th with an opening party at The Montauk Yacht Club from 7 p.m. to midnight. For the next three days, visitors will be able to choose from a variety of free concerts at over 40 different venues throughout the city.

On Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., there will also be open-air concerts at the Montauk Lighthouse. Grab a blanket, some chairs, and your family and friends, and plan to spend the day there. There will be food, soda, and alcoholic beverages for sale as well as a variety of interesting vendors including a pop-up store for Rudy's Custom & Vintage Guitars. You'll also find a variety of workshops and exhibitions at the Ocean's Institute located at the foot of the lighthouse. 

"Ask the Experts" Event

If you're an aspiring musician or are interested in getting a behind-the-scenes look into the music industry, you won't want to miss the "Ask the Experts" event on Friday, May 17th. It will be held at the Lighthouse from noon until 5 p.m. Last year's event included yoga, one-on-one mentoring sessions with the artists, an industry panel, a group listening session, and a wellness workshop. When the 2019 schedule is released, it will be updated on the MMF Ask the Experts page

Getting to MMF

Depending on where you're coming from, your best transportation options may be the Hampton Jitney, Long Island Railroad, or the Hampton Hopper free shuttles. The Montauk Yacht Club is located at 32 Star Island Road, and the Montauk Lighthouse is located at 2000 Montauk Highway.  

Although the open-air concerts are free, those going to the outdoor concerts will have to pay for museum admission. The cost for all three days is just $11 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for children. The full admission price goes towards supporting the lighthouse, and your ticket also gives you the opportunity to tour the museum and climb to the top of the 200-year-old lighthouse.

For an inexpensive, fun, and family-friendly weekend, you can't go wrong with the Montauk Music Festival.  

Your Montauk Real Estate Professionals

The thriving music scene is just one of the many things to love about living in Montauk. If you're thinking about moving here, we would love to show you around. Contact us today to get started!


Long Island Easter Events for Your Family

Long Island Easter Events
Spring will be here before you know it, and that means warmer weather, blooming flowers, and, of course, the Easter Bunny! One of the things our real estate agents love about living in Long Island is that there are always so many family-friendly things to do, and celebrating Easter is no exception. Here's a rundown of some of the area's most popular Easter attractions. 

  1. Long Island City Annual Egg Hunt and Festival: Gantry Park | 4-09 47th Rd, Long Island City, NY 10007
    Head out to Gantry Park on Saturday, April 20th for the Long Island City Annual Egg Hunt and Festival. This event runs from 10 am until noon and features three separate Easter egg hunts to ensure that kids of all ages can have a safe and enjoyable experience.

    Although the event is free, tickets are required and won't be sold that day, so make sure you go online and complete your registration!
  1. Easter Kids Party Cruise: Skyport Marina | 2430 FDR Drive, New York, NY 10010
    Kids and parents will both enjoy the Easter Kids Party Cruise hosted by the Easter Bunny himself! With six different cruise times over Easter weekend, you'll have plenty of opportunities to catch this not-to-be-missed event.

    Enjoy two stories of music and family fun featuring face painting, clowns, balloons, dancing, and a magic show. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door if they're still available. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase.
  1. Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival: 5th Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets
    The annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival is a New York City tradition that stretches back to the 1870s. This loosely-formed parade is different than what you'd expect from a traditional NYC parade. Instead of fancy floats, here you'll find "paraders" marching down the streets dressed in all kinds of themed costumes and Easter bonnets. There are also always plenty of costumed pets.

    The parade begins at 10 am and continues until around 4 pm on Easter Sunday. The route goes right past St. Patrick's Cathedral, which is one of the best viewing spots. Since this is an informal event, you might even want to don your best bonnet and join in on the parade!
  1. Easter Kid's Disco and Egg Hunt: Doha Nightclub | 38-34, 31st Street, Long Island City, New York 11101
    Perfect for the little ones and their parents, the Easter Kid's Disco and Egg Hunt at Doha nightclub is an Egg-citing good time! From 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20th, your kids will get to meet the Easter Bunny while enjoying plenty of music and dancing, face painting, a magic show, and, of course, tons of candy! There will also be a balloon egg hunt and a toy raffle. 
  1. Spring Fun Hunt at Wantagh Park:  Wantagh Park Children's Playground | 1 King Rd, Wantagh, NY 11793
    On Sunday, April 14th, the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Spring Fun Hunt at Wantagh Park. Bring your little ones to meet the Easter Bunny and search for over 4,000 hidden eggs. There will also be treats, raffles, and more. This popular community event is always a hit!

Want to learn more about what makes Long Island one of the best places to raise a family? Contact us! We would love to show you around the area and help you find your dream home. 


The Hamptons Arts Weekend Festival - THAW Fest 2019

Hamptons Arts Festival Thaw Fest 2019
It's almost time to shake off the winter cold, thaw out for the spring, and enjoy one of Long Island's most popular festivals. THAW Fest 2019, presented by the Hamptons Art Network, features a full weekend of exciting, art-related events. There will be art exhibitions, live music, comedy shows, open houses, live performances, and plenty of great parties to complement all of the action. If you've been looking for the perfect opportunity to celebrate the return of spring, this is your chance. Our REALTORS® have all of the key details on what to expect from THAW Fest 2019, and how to enjoy the weekend's events.

THAW Fest 2019: Celebrate the Arts and the Start of Spring 

The Festival: THAW Fest 2019 – Presented by the Hamptons Art Network
March 22 - March 24, 2019
Events Friday Evening, All Day Saturday and Sunday
Location: Art Galleries, Performance Venues, and Businesses in the Hamptons

Kick Off THAW Fest 2019 with a Friday Night Full of Events

  • Cocktail Party and Comedy Show – 5 pm to 8 pm – Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor – The weekend's events kick off on Friday night, with an invite-only cocktail party featuring live music from Dwayne Kerr.

  • DJ and Dancing with Open Galleries – 7 pm to 9 pm – Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill – Enjoy a night of dancing, music, and art with DJ Twilo at the Parish Art Museum. The galleries will also be open so that you can explore all that the museum has to offer.

Spend Your Saturday and Sunday Exploring Local Art

Southampton Events

  • Art Exhibition and Garden Tour – Saturday 12 pm to 4 pm – The Madoo ConservancyExplore the gorgeous gardens of the Madoo Conservancy, and enjoy browsing through the extensive art exhibition on display.

  • Visit the Watermill Center – Saturday 1 pm to 4 pm – The Watermill CenterHead to the Watermill Center in Southampton for a tour of the facilities, and a chance to hear from musician Marina Rosenfeld.

  • Film Screening with Hamptons DocFest – Sunday 2 pm to 5 pm – Parrish Art MuseumReturn to the Parish Art Museum for a film screening and discussion with a special guest speaker to close out the weekend.

Bridgehampton Events

  • Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival – Saturday 6 pm to 8 pm – Bridgehampton – Enjoy a delightful evening of chamber music, featuring a two-piano program that you won't soon forget.

Easthampton Events

  • Visit Historic Mulford Farm – Saturday 10 am to 3 pm – Historic Mulford FarmMake a trip to one of the area's most charming historic farms for a special decorative arts tour.

  • Explore Spectacular Gardens and Art Collections – Saturday 11 am to 4 pm – Longhouse ReserveVisit a true one-of-a-kind property to soak in the beautiful gardens, fantastic sculpture collection, and vibrant art at the Longhouse Reserve.

Learn More about the Hamptons Art Network

While ThawFest is a marquee event each year, the Hamptons Art Network also works throughout the year to build and grow the art community in the Hamptons. The Hamptons Art Network is made up of a variety of local non-profit organizations, which includes art galleries, festival organizers, performance venues, cultural organizations, and museums. Thaw Fest is a chance for these organizations to show off the work that they do all year long.

Are you still searching for the perfect home close to legendary Long Island festivals like THAW Fest? We are here to help. Contact us at Coach REALTORS® to buy and sell homes in the Hamptons and throughout all of the Long Island real estate market.


Winterfest 2019 - 5 Weeks of Local Long Island Living

Long Island Winterfest 2019
If you are considering a move to Long Island, as our real estate agents would surely tell you, getting a feel for the local culture is a great way to find out if this community is one you'd be happy to call home. Long Island's upcoming Winterfest 2019 event provides a golden opportunity to do just that. This mid-winter festival offers five weeks of local living on Long Island, giving locals, visitors and potential new residents a chance to immerse themselves in the unique culture of this community.

About Long Island's Winterfest 2019

Winterfest 2019 is the 12th annual presentation of this award-winning event, which is held each year all across the East End of Long Island. It is a celebration of Long Island's culture, including local wine, craft beer, foods, arts, music, and entertainment. A variety of businesses and venues participate in Winterfest each year, including local wineries, breweries, restaurants, theaters, art galleries, hotels and B&Bs, farmer's markets and retailers, among many others. This 5-week long event kicks off on Friday, February 22 and runs through Sunday, March 24. It offers a taste of authentic Long Island/East End living to all who attend, whether they come for a day, a weekend, a week or stay throughout the entire five weeks Winterfest 2019 events.

Winterfest 2019: Highlights, Dates And Other Details

Winterfest 2019 starts on Friday, February 22 and runs through March 24. The Kickoff Party is one definitely one of the highlights of Winterfest and is an event you won't want to miss. It will be happening on the opening day of Winterfest, from 7-10 pm and will be hosted by the Hotel Indigo. You'll need a ticket to attend, and purchasing yours in advance is wise to ensure your spot for this celebration.

The Harborfrost celebration is another popular highlight of Winterfest 2019. It's happening at Sag Harbor, Long Island on February 23, from 1- 6 pm. Fire and ice is the theme of the event, and attractions include live ice carving demonstrations, ice sculptures, live music, children's activities, a Culinary Stroll, fire jugglers and dancers, shopping, dining and fireworks over the harbor.

Other highlights of this event include wine tasting events, an array of live music performances, specialty cocktail gatherings, and craft cocktail seminars, American Country nights, art exhibitions and much, much more. For a full list of everything going on this year, visit the Long Island Winterfest 2019 website. You'll find a complete calendar of Winterfest events on the site, as well as information on how to book pre-packaged or customized tours for the ultimate Winterfest experience.

Contact us at Coach REALTORS® when you're ready to start your search for Long Island homes for sale.


Long Island: 5 Spots for Sunday Brunch

Long Island Restaurants for Sunday BrunchSunday brunch with family and friends can turn an ordinary weekend into a special event. Long Island has no shortage of delightful restaurants serving up a delicious brunch menu. Our real estate agents share some of their favorite Sunday brunch spots with a perfect blend of food and ambiance.

  1. Jonathan's Restaurant - 2499 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park
    Jonathan's Restaurant is billed as "An American Bar & Grille" and their brunch menu includes regional favorites from all parts of the country. Choose crab cakes Benedict from the Atlantic Seaboard, enjoy the Southern flavor of pecan-crusted chicken and waffles or take a trip to the Pacific Northwest with a smoked organic salmon omelet. Champagne and mimosas come with a complimentary refill for only $7. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and reservations are accepted.

  2. Rustic Root - 7927 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury
    Rustic Root is as casual and inviting as it sounds. Executive Chef Tom Gloster's creativity earned him a spot as champion on Food Network's Chopped, and Rustic Root's brunch menu reflects his love for traditional comfort food with an innovative twist. Bacon is made in-house and dishes such as oven-roasted chicken wings, lemon-ricotta pancakes, and skillet cornbread are made with fresh locally-sourced ingredients. Several vegetarian and gluten-free items are available. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and reservations are accepted for Mother's Day only.

  3. The Restaurant at the Maidstone Hotel - 207 Main Street, East Hampton
    Lush Atlantic seafood is the star of the brunch menu served by the Restaurant at the Maidstone Hotel. Select from lobster, Peconic Gold oysters, littleneck clams, jumbo shrimp and tuna tartare a la carte or in seafood towers serving up to four people. Omelets and eggs Benedict are available for traditional breakfast lovers. Planning a romantic special occasion? Book a room or private cottage for the evening before or after. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and reservations are accepted. 

  4. Big Daddy's - 1 Park Lane, Massapequa 
    "Laissez les bon temps roulez" at Big Daddy's, where the Blues Brunch menu features a distinct New Orleans flavor. Zesty dishes such as gumbo, shrimp and grits, chicken fried steak and blackened gator will transport you to the heart of the bayou. All egg dishes include a side of decadent French bread toast. Entrees include a complimentary Bloody Mary, mimosa or screwdriver, and you can upgrade to bottomless brunch cocktails for just $15. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and reservations are accepted. 

  5. Thyme - 8 Tower Place, Roslyn
    Located in a two-story vintage home overlooking Gerry Park and Roslyn Duck Pond, Thyme is truly a place to get away from it all for a couple of hours. The $22 prix fixe menu includes choices such as Nova Scotia smoked salmon, cream cheese and chive scramble and Thyme's take on eggs Benedict served on a potato cake with Black Forest ham and sautéed mushrooms. Pasta, burgers, and salads are available if you're in the mood for lunch. Brunch hours are 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and reservations are accepted.   

Why not treat yourself to brunch before a Sunday afternoon of viewing Long Island homes for sale? Contact us to learn more from our friendly and experienced real estate agents. 


Long Island: Best Places for Whale Watching

Long Island Whale Watching
As beautiful as they are graceful, whales are some of Long Island's most famous residents. In addition to answering questions about Long Island real estate, our real estate agents are frequently asked about when, where, and how to see our whales. The whales make the area their home from early July and often stay well into September. This means that there are plenty of opportunities for your family to head out on the water to get up close and personal with these creatures.

  1. Coastal Research & Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI)
    CRESLI operates one- and two-day tours around Montauk from July through Labor Day. They boast an impressive 92% success rate in finding whales and their Viking Fleet is among the best in the region. In addition to the Humpbacks, Finbacks, and Minke whales, you will see plenty of sea turtles, birds, and dolphins frolicking in the surf.

  2. American Princess Fleet
    Operating out of Riis Landing, Rockaway in Queens, the American Princess Fleet offers tours from early May through September. The fleet has served the New York region for nearly a decade and their four-hour adventure cruises are highly regarded. They frequently find everything from Gannets flying overhead to schools of fish looking for their next meal.

  3. The Starlight Fleet
    Starlight, star bright, we want to see a whale tonight! If you say that to yourself the night before your cruise, there is a good chance your wish will come true with The Starlight Fleet. The company takes great pride in offering some of the most educational trips around, and each tour is led by a marine biologist. This means that you can learn anything and everything you have ever wanted to know about some of the most magnificent creatures in the ocean. Best of all, if you don't see any whales on your trip, they often offer free second trips so that you don't leave Long Island disappointed.

  4. Cape May Whale Watcher
    Cape May is a popular location for whales to swim about. They love the calm waters and plentiful food within the area. This makes it a great place to spot fins and blowholes passing through the water on a tour with Cape May Whale Watcher. Every now and then whales fluke, humpbacks breach, and bottlenose dolphins swim around the boat trying to get a closer look at the people trying to get a closer look at them.

  5. Frances Fleet
    Pilot whales, Finbacks, False Killers, Humpbacks, and Minkes are just some of the things Frances Fleet will take you to see. They have a stellar success rate spotting whales on tours running from the end of June through September 1.
  6. Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research
    The whales who make the area home are part of a rich and diverse ecosystem. The team at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research works hard to protect and conserve the many species that call the area home. After your whale watching tour, it's a great place to stop in and see how they care for the seals, dolphins, and sea turtles that share the waters offshore with their larger whale cousins. 

Before you go on any of these adventures, be sure that you pack sunscreen, a hat, binoculars, and a reliable camera. If you are prone to seasickness, you will also want to pack some medication just in case. 

When the boat docks, be sure to contact us to learn more about the properties we have available. Our agents will be happy to help you move into the area so that you can see these beautiful creatures as often as you'd like. 


7 Long Island Locations to Cut Christmas Trees

Long Island Christmas Treet Farms
Few traditions mark the start of the holiday season better than heading out into the crisp fall air to choose and cut your own Christmas tree. And if you're shopping for a Christmas tree on Long Island, you'll find no shortage of great, family-friendly Christmas tree farms. Some farms simply offer beautiful trees, while others mix in additional fun activities that every member of your family can enjoy. Our real estate agents have the details on seven of the best Christmas tree farms on Long Island.

  1. Zuhoski Farms – 11825 Oregon Rd., Cutchogue
    Open every day leading right up to Christmas, Zuhoski Farms offers trees for every taste, ranging in size from 4' to 11' tall. Choose the perfect Douglas fir, then relax while the team at Zuhoski Farms cuts it down and prepares it for your home. Pre-cut and live trees are also available.

  2. Santa's Christmas Tree Farm – 30105 Main St., Cutchogue
    Get in the holiday spirit by selecting your very own tree at Santa's Christmas Tree Farm, a family-owned farm that has been creating memories for decades. In addition to a great selection of trees, kids will have the opportunity to meet Santa and even see a live reindeer. The store at Santa's Christmas Tree Farm covers more than 2,500 square feet and features everything that you need to decorate your home for the season.

  3. Dart's Christmas Tree Farm – 2355 Main Bayview Rd., Southold
    Dart's Christmas Tree Farm is a well-known destination for some of the finest trees on Long Island and has been owned by the same family for generations. The gift shop is loaded with beautiful, homemade decorations as well, including wreaths and sprays.

  4. Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm – 2065 Main Rd., Mattituck
    Come for a Christmas tree, and stay for the wine, shopping, and special memories at Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm. There are carolers during the holidays, fun activities for kids to enjoy, and shops filled with lovely ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree.

  5. Elmwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm – 1500 E Jericho Tpke., Huntington
    One of Long Island's most popular pumpkin farms also happens to be a great place to shop for a Christmas tree. Elmwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm features 22 acres of Christmas trees to choose from, and you're welcome to bring your own saw to cut the perfect tree for your home.

  6. Lewin Farms – 812 Sound Ave., Calverton
    Searching for variety? Lewin Farms offers Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, and White Pine, with trees up to 15' tall. Best of all, every tree is the same price regardless of size. Head out to the field on a tractor, or on foot, then enjoy cutting your Christmas tree for the holiday season.

  7. Mike's Christmas Tree Farm – 323 Weeks Ave., Manorville
    While many farms don't allow pets on the premises, Mike's Christmas Tree Farm is happy to accommodate dogs – as long as they're on a leash. Shop from a wide selection of trees, enjoy a scenic tractor ride or even pick out the perfect place for a holiday family portrait. You can cut your own, or let the friendly team at Mike's handle cutting, preparation, and even securing the tree to your vehicle.

Still shopping for the perfect place to put that Christmas tree? Our team is here to help you shop for Nassau County homes during every season. Contact us at Coach REALTORS® to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.


Thanksgiving Day Runs for Long Island Families

Long Island Thanksgiving Day Races
With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the perfect time to start planning how you'll spend your morning before the big meal on Thanksgiving Day. Turkey trots, 5K runs and charity races have become a favorite tradition in Long Island communities, offering a great opportunity to get in a workout on Thanksgiving, as well as support charitable causes. The phenomenon has grown so much that Thanksgiving is now the most popular day of the year to run a race!

Whether you're still shopping for a Nassau or Suffolk county home, or you're a long-time resident, everyone is welcome at these community-focused events. Our real estate agents have all the details on a host of Thanksgiving Day runs happening in the Long Island area this year.

  • Sri Chinmoy Thanksgiving Day 5K & 10K - Flushing NY
    With two races kicking off at 10:30 a.m., along with a run for kids at 10 a.m., the Sri Chinmoy Thanksgiving Day races feature something for every member of the family. Enjoy the scenery of Flushing Meadows Park as you begin your Thanksgiving Day.

  • 5-Mile Turkey Trot for the Marisa Fund - Congers, NY
    Run for a great cause in Congers at the Turkey Trot supporting the Marisa Fund. The Marisa Fund is dedicated to eradicating child cancer, and the 8:30 a.m. race regularly draws thousands of participants from local communities.

  • Oyster Bay Turkey Trot - Oyster Bay, NY
    Open to runners of all ages, the Oyster Bay Turkey Trot travels through the scenic streets of Oyster Bay, with a beautiful finish in Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park.

  • Garden City Turkey Trot - Garden City
    With three races to choose from, including a Fun Run, the Garden City Turkey Trot has something for runners of all experience levels. Proceeds benefit a variety of local causes, and there is a food drive associated with the race as well.

  • Thanksgiving Day Charity Run - Huntington NY
    Every year, the Townwide Fund of Huntington stages the Thanksgiving Day Charity Run for residents of all ages. A Fun Run for kids is followed by the main 4-mile race.

  • Gavin's Got Heart Turkey Trot 5K - Islip, NY
    The Gavin's Got Heart organization is dedicated to supporting families with children who have congenital heart defects, and its Turkey Trot 5K is always one of the most popular in the area. The big race kicks off at 8 a.m., rain or shine.

  • Massapequa Turkey Trot 5K - Massapequa, NY
    The Massapequa Turkey Trot supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, with all profits going directly toward the cause. The race raised $34,000 in 2017, thanks to the efforts of both runners and volunteers.

  • Sinai Turkey Trot 5K - Mount Sinai, NY
    The 8th Annual Sinai Turkey Trot is sure to be a memorable day for all in attendance, with two races, refreshments, an award ceremony, and activities for children throughout the day. Events begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Would you like to become a member of one of the many Long Island communities that love to give back on Thanksgiving? We can help! Contact us at Coach REALTORS® to buy, sell and learn about homes throughout Long Island, NY.


Suffolk County Marathon Takes Off October 28

Suffolk County Marathon October 28
The cool, crisp air of autumn, beautiful foliage and vibrant downtowns of Suffolk County serve as the backdrop to one of our area's most anticipated marathons each year. The 2018 Suffolk County Marathon is coming up on October 28, providing the perfect opportunity to put your running skills to the test and support a great cause in the process. In addition to the full marathon, there are shorter runs designed for runners of every experience level and background. Our real estate agents have all the details on this year's edition of the Suffolk County Marathon.

Great Race, Great Cause: The 2018 Suffolk County Marathon and Freedom Fest

The Event: The Suffolk County Marathon
Date/Time: October 28, 2018 at 8:00 am
Registration: Online Sign-Up Available Pre-Race

Choose Your Race and Save the Date 

Whether you've been training for a marathon or simply want to do your part to support a good cause, there's a race during Suffolk County Marathon festivities with your name on it. In addition to the full marathon (26.2 miles), there will be a half-marathon (13.1 miles), 5k run/walk, kids fun run, and a four-person relay marathon. There will also be wheelchair races for the marathon, half-marathon, and 5k, along with virtual races for every race length. Each race will have a special start time for active-duty military members and veterans.

The course for the Suffolk County Marathon starts and ends in Patchogue while winding through a number of great Suffolk County communities in between. There will be water, Gatorade, energy gel, and restroom stops spaced out along the route, as well as plenty of supporters along the way. Explore the downtown areas of Suffolk County communities, enjoy a great workout, and maybe even shop for Suffolk County homes for sale along your race route.

Run to Support a Great Cause

The Catholic Health Services of Long Island along with other local supporters sponsors the Suffolk County Marathon.The races wouldn't be possible without the work of countless local volunteers, who give their time to make the marathon a memorable experience for all in attendance. Proceeds from the Suffolk County Marathon go directly toward improving services for military veterans in the Suffolk County area, so supporting the race is also a great way to say "thank you" to those who have served.

In addition to raising money for a good cause, the Suffolk County Marathon is an opportunity to find out what makes communities in the area so special. Every race will give you a chance to explore the natural scenery and historical, downtown neighborhoods of local communities from a truly unique perspective.

Enjoy Freedom Fest after the Race

The fun at the Suffolk County Marathon doesn't stop when the races end – it's just getting started! After a day of running, walking, or cheering on participants, be sure to make time to visit the Freedom Fest celebration. Freedom Fest is a fun chance to enjoy local dining, drinks, and shopping from Suffolk County's small businesses. The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce arranges Freedom Fest, and it's the perfect way to relax after a busy day at the races.

Whether you're ready to lace up your running shoes or you're looking for the perfect place to call home, our team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Suffolk County, NY area.


Favorite Pumpkin Patches for Long Island Families

Long Island Family Fun Halloween
What could be better than spending a cool, crisp autumn day outdoors, doing something that every member of the family will enjoy? It's almost time for pumpkin picking season for Long Island families, and as always there are a ton of great, local farms to visit as you celebrate the season. Make memories that will last a lifetime, and support local farms in the process. Our real estate agents have the details on five of Long Island's best farms for pumpkin picking with children.

Where to Pick a Perfect Pumpkin Patch in Long Island with Your Kids

  1. Organics Today Farms – 160 Washington St., East Islip, NY
    Do you love fresh, local ingredients for your meals? East Islip homes for sale are near a number of excellent farms, where you'll find food and so much more. Organics Today Farms offers pumpkin picking throughout September and October, with free admission every day. Pick your perfect pumpkins, spend some quality outdoor time with the family, and enjoy your favorite festive fall treats after a fun day on the farm.

  2. Elmwood Pumpkin Farm – 1500 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY
    Whether you're shopping for Huntington homes for sale or you're already part of the community, a trip to Elmwood Pumpkin Farm is a great way to spend a fall afternoon. Elmwood Pumpkin Farm is one of the best places on Long Island to pick pumpkins, with a warm, friendly atmosphere and plenty of extra activities to enjoy. Pick a pumpkin, enjoy a hayride, and travel through a corn maze designed especially for kids.

  3. Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms – 6 Bagatelle Rd., Dix Hills, NY
    Dix Hills homes for sale put you close to many local landmarks, and Schmitt Family Farms is an excellent example of the family-friendly attractions you'll find in the area. Pumpkin picking at Schmitt Family Farms is available seven days a week throughout late September and October. The farm also features local fall treats, rides and activities for the kids, fall decorations for the home, and so much more. The Fall Festival at Schmitt Family Farms starts on weekends in September and lasts all the way through Halloween.

  4. White Post Farms – 250 Old Country Rd., Melville, NY
    Established in 1886, White Post Farms has been serving local families for more than a century, and Melville homes for sale make it easy to reach this local favorite. White Post Animal Farm is home to the Fall Farm Festival, which features stage shows, hayrides, an animal farm, and of course the opportunity to pick pumpkins at the farm's large pumpkin patch. The Fall Farm Festival at White Post Farms runs every Saturday and Sunday, from September 22 through October 28 this year.

  5. Stakey's Pumpkin Farm270 West Lane, Aquebogue, NY
    While you're shopping for Aquebogue homes for sale, be sure to make time to enjoy the local attractions. A trip to Stakey's Pumpkin Farm makes for a lovely afternoon, with tons of fun activities that the whole family will enjoy. Start your day picking pumpkins, then transition to the many other attractions available at Stakey's. There will be hayrides, a bounce house, a corn maze, a flower house, face painting, while the Country Store at Stakey's Pumpkin Farm is a great place to shop for fall gifts or souvenirs for the kids.

Interested in finding a home of your own in one of the beautiful Long Island communities on our list? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.


Fall Festivals and Fun on Long Island

Long Island Fall Family Fun
As the calendar flips from summer to fall, communities around Long Island are gearing up for some of the most anticipated festivals of the year. Whether you're looking for a classic family fall festival, an opportunity to explore local farms, or something spooky to celebrate Halloween, there is a Long Island festival with your name on it. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details on five popular Long Island festivals to enjoy this fall.

Fall Family Fun: Find the Best Fall Festivals on Long Island

  1. Huntington Fall Festival – October 5-8, 2018 – Huntington, NY
    Whether you're shopping for Huntington homes for sale or simply looking for a fun way to spend a day, the Huntington Fall Festival is a great opportunity to get in touch with everything that makes the community special. The festival features two international food courts with flavors from around the world, a carnival with fun activities for every member of the family, and four stages that will be packed with live entertainment from start to finish. 

  2. Schmitt Family Farm Fall FestivalWeekends Mid-Sept. through Halloween – Dix Hills, NY
    Dix Hills homes are located near a number of historic family farms, and the Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival is your chance to to experience the agricultural side of the community. This family-friendly festival offers pumpkin picking, rides, activities for kids, fall food favorites, and so much more. You can even pick up some fall decorations that are perfect for setting the mood of the season.

  3. Spooky Fest – Oct. 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28–Rockville Centre, NY
    Before you head out with the family for a night of trick or treating at Rockville Centre homes, be sure to make time for the popular Spooky Fest. This festival includes scary activities – like haunted woods and a maze of zombies – for older kids and adults, along with a selection of "non-scary" activities for younger members of the audience. There will also be arts and crafts, face painting, an amazing animals exhibit, and plenty of fun surprises for all in attendance.

  4. Manhasset Fall Festival – October 6, 2018 – Manhasset, NY
    Take a break from shopping for Manhasset homes for sale to experience one of Long Island's most enjoyable fall festivals. Get ready to shop, dine, and participate in activities that the whole family will enjoy. The Manhasset Fall Festival offers the opportunity to pick your own pumpkin, purchase unique, hand-made Halloween decorations, participate in fun fall activities, and enjoy fresh, local food from some of the most popular restaurants in the Manhasset area.

  5. 39th Annual Garden City Fall Festival and Street Fair – October 20, 2018 – Garden City, NY
    Beloved public events are among the many reasons that Garden City homes for sale are so popular, and this year marks the 39th Annual Garden City Fall Festival and Street Fair. The Street Fair is a huge, all-day event, and is tied in with homecoming festivities in Garden City. There will be a big parade at noon to celebrate homecoming, along with a fun, festive atmosphere all day long on the streets of Garden City. Shop from local vendors, participate in fun activities with the kids, and take the opportunity to explore the many things that make living in Garden City so special.

Fall festivals on Long Island are an excellent chance to explore local communities, and find the perfect place to call home. Contact Coach REALTORS® to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY real estate area.


Gantry Plaza State Park - a Midtown Manhattan Oasis

Gantry Plaza - Long Island
There's nothing like New York City excitement. NYC has 24/7 art, culture, and entertainment, but sometimes you just need a moment of peace. Our real estate agents recommend Gantry Plaza State Park. It's a city oasis in Long Island City that's close enough for you to enjoy a moment of peace and get right back to the action. 

About Gantry Plaza State Park

Gantry Plaza State Park is a peaceful green space that's perfect for a mid-city escape. The 12-acre park curves along the banks of the East River in Long Island City, Queens. Since its opening in 1998, the developers have transformed the park in stages to include activities and facilities for everyone.

Gantry Park offers traditional park amenities in a city setting. You'll find spaces for picnicking, organized sports, evening concerts and more. You can follow the curved steps down to the waterfront plaza. There you can sit quietly and look out over the river to a panoramic New York City skyline view. If you bring your fishing gear, you can claim a spot along one of four piers and cast your line into the river.

A Historic Industrial Past

The park's location was once an abandoned dockyard and industrial site. Instead of tossing aside its past, Gantry Plaza State Park honors its once-thriving industrial roots. Two refurbished gantries give the park its name and a historical focal point. The structures were built in 1925 to help dock workers unload goods from railway cars and load them onto New Jersey-bound barges.

Gantry Plaza - Pepsi-Cola Sign
The bright red, four-story Pepsi-Cola neon sign is a national landmark and an essential element of Gantry Park's personality. The original sign was placed on top of the company's bottling plant in 1940. After decades of transitions and deterioration, Pepsi reproduced the sign in 1993. Despite the reproduction sign's young age, the Landmarks Preservation Commission gave it landmark status.

The Pepsi-Cola sign and the gantries are unmistakable waterfront landmarks. Together, they make Gantry Park stand out when viewed from either side of the river.

Outdoor Fun & Recreation

Gantry Park is a great location for families that want a park with more than a fabulous view. There's pier fishing, Adirondack chairs for lounging, and picnic tables for casual outdoor dining. The playgrounds provide child-friendly fun, and the park's playing fields are available for organized sports.

Special Events

Gantry Plaza State Park hosts a schedule of events and concerts. Visit the New York Parks website for information on Fishing Fridays, Live at Gantries, and other upcoming events.

Park Fees

As with most New York State Parks, Gantry Plaza State Park visitors must pay a vehicle access fee. If you have an Empire Pass card, you qualify for entrance to Gantry Park, other New York State Parks, and State Department of Environmental Conservation venues.

When you schedule a group picnic, you must pay a fee based on the number in the group. You must apply for a permit to conduct a wedding photo shoot or other photo or video production. Teams must apply for a permit to use park playfields. 

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New York living can be exciting as long as you know the best places to go when you need to slow down. Our real estate professionals can help. Contact Coach REALTORS® when you're buying or selling a home in Long Island City or if you want to know more about the communities we serve.


Long Island Living: Coney Island and Luna Park

Long Island Living Coney Island and Luna Park
Living on Long Island certainly has its share of perks. Aside from its array of stylish and beautiful homes, Long Island offers a variety of activities for your entire family to enjoy. While finding the perfect Long Island home for you is our priority at Coach REALTORS®, we also want you to discover all that the area has to offer. For a fun-filled day, our REALTORS® leave your cares behind and head out to Coney Island and Luna Park where adventure awaits in this iconic amusement venue which was inspired by the original 1903 park.

Coney Island and Luna Park: A New Take on Classic Fun 

Coney Island is legendary, in part because of its history as the place to go for a day of fun, food, and thrills. With the original Luna Park being one of three amusement parks established in the early twentieth century on Coney Island, its newer namesake embodies all the excitement of years gone by with modern touches and attractions. Although the original park was devastated by fire in 1944, visitors will find that today's Luna Park and Coney Island are reminiscent of its glorious past. The Parachute Jump ride--once nearly everyone's favorite--is no longer in service, but the attraction still stands, now covered in thousands of LED lights. The new Thunderbolt coaster pays homage to the classic wooden coaster that served up thrills to park guests for decades, and visitors of all ages will delight in riding the beautifully restored B & B Carousell.

Ride, Play and Enjoy the Day

For guests who are looking for over-the-top thrills, Luna Park makes the grade with rides like the Coney Island Cyclone, Zenobio, and the Sling Shot. Feel the wind in your face as you take a ride on the Steeplechase, another of the park's classic thrill rides with ties to its past, and get your adrenaline pumping as you climb aboard the Coney Clipper. If less intense attractions are more your taste, rides like the Circus Coaster and Lynn's Trapeze are sure to please. Younger riders will love the Mermaid Parade and Speed Boat rides. At Luna Park, you'll also find plenty of midway type games that bring back the nostalgia of a summer carnival. Try your luck at one or all, and bring back a fun prize as a souvenir.

Great Food and Priceless Memories

All the excitement you'll find at Coney Island's Luna Park might cause you to work up an appetite. You'll find plenty of mouthwatering treats throughout the park from savory and satisfying to refreshingly sweet. Enjoy delicious seafood offerings at Place to Beach, and don't miss the original Feltman's of Coney Island for the ultimate hot dog experience. Cool down with a creamy scoop from Coney's Cones or indulge with a treat from Fried Delights. You'll make so many great memories when you spend the day at Luna Park, and Thunderbolt Retail captures them in photos that you can take with you. Purchase souvenirs and trinkets at the Cyclone Shop and Last Stop Coney Island to remember your day.

Coach REALTORS® - Your Long Island Real Estate Professionals

Treat yourself and your family to a day of fun that you'll long remember. Coney Island and Luna Park are sure to become a favorite destination on Long Island. Our real estate agents are ready to help you find the home of your dreams, and we're excited to work with you. Contact Coach REALTORS® to get your home search started.


Your Kids Will Love Garden City's Museum Row

Cradle of Aviation
For a day of kid-friendly learning and excitement, gather the family and make your way to Garden City's Museum Row. With plenty to see and do Museum Row you could easily spend the day exploring some of Long Island's most fascinating museums. This collection of museums is constantly bringing its guests new and interesting exhibits, so each visit promises to be a family adventure.
Our real estate agents want you to get to know the area as you search for your new home, and Museum Row is the perfect way to relax with your family. Here's a preview of the fun you'll discover in Garden City.

Four Long Island Museums Your Family Won't Want to Miss

  1. Cradle of Aviation
    Children love the wonders of space and flight, and Museum Row's Cradle of Aviation brings the mystery and science of the two together in this fascinating museum. Marvel at more than 75 spacecraft and aircraft on display in the exhibition hall and let your kids live their dream with more than 30 hands-on exhibits and several cockpits to explore. Interactive stations throughout the museums such as short videos help bring history and the aviation frontier to life. Cradle of Aviation hosts annual summer mini-camps where kids can immerse themselves in the world of space and air exploration.

    Firefighters Museum
  2. The Nassau County Firefighter Museum and Education Center
    Lots of children dream of one day becoming a firefighter, and thankfully, some of them do. The Nassau County Firefighter Museum and Education Center is not only an exhibition of firefighter memorabilia and history but also a tribute to their dedication and service to our communities and an educational resource for fire prevention. The museum covers 10,000 square feet and is home to restored firefighting equipment and historic displays. The center prides itself on its educational programs and hands-on learning experiences for kids.

  3. Long Island Children's Museum
    With such a variety of exhibits and special programs, Long Island Children's Museum is sure to become one of your family's favorite destinations. The museum maintains a focus on nurturing the natural creativity that resides with everyone, offering special events and programs centered around art, science, nature, storytelling, and theater. Kids will love the interactive exhibits which include a bubble making station and Sound Showers, which allows children to learn about different types of sound.

  4. Long Island Museum of Science and Technology
    Currently, under construction, Long Island Museum of Science and Technology is certain to be an exciting new addition to Museum Row. The museum will showcase a wealth of exhibits to encourage the budding scientist in your family. Mom and Dad just might learn something too!

Your Long Island Real Estate Experts

Find a world of fun, family activities at these museums and many more when you visit Garden City's Museum Row. Contact us at Coach Realtors to learn more about our beautiful area and to discover the spectacular selection of available Garden City homes for sale.


Long Island Lighthouses: Discover Fire Island Lighthouse

Long Island - Fire Island Lighthouse
Summer is in full swing, and it's the perfect season to bring the kids out to explore the history and grandeur of Fire Island Lighthouse. Spending a day at the lighthouse is not only a fun-filled experience for the entire family but an educational one as well. Our real estate agents will be hard at work helping you find your new home, so you can rest easy and take a break from the house hunt while you discover one of the area's most fascinating attractions.

Explore Fire Island Lighthouse and More

Fire Island Lighthouse is located at the western point of Fire Island and is open to the public for tours and special events. For many visitors, the highlight of touring the lighthouse is climbing the tower, where you can look out upon a beautiful ocean vista from the barrier island. If you visit when the skies are clear, you'll likely be able to see the New York City skyline. Visitors are treated to several interactive areas in the Keeper's Quarters, detailing the importance of the landmark in local maritime history. Step inside the lighthouse keeper's daily routine, and learn just how demanding their way of life has been throughout history. See actual lenses that have been used in the lighthouse in the new Lens Building, and stop by the Boathouse where you'll find life-saving equipment and a surf boat on display.

Nature on Display

As part of the National Park Service, Fire Island offers visitors a diverse and beautiful span of nature to explore in addition to the lighthouse. There are plenty of open spaces to enjoy on the barrier island, and ranger-guided tours can be arranged to experience the seashore, forests, and salt marshes of Fire Island.

History on the Seashore

While visiting Fire Island Lighthouse, you'll discover its rich history and the important role it has played in keeping both travelers and sailors safe throughout the years. The current lighthouse was built in the mid-19th century, replacing an older, smaller version, and was lit for the first time in late 1858. The lighthouse played a crucial role in guiding ships into the New York Harbor as they arrived from Europe, often being the first visible landmark to immigrants on board, and was in service until 1973.

Adventure Awaits

Bring the family and discover the story and surroundings at Fire Island Lighthouse. Tours are available daily for a small admission fee. Be sure to stop by the gift shop before you leave for unique souvenirs that the kids will love.

To find the best selection of Suffolk County homes for sale, you need a trusted, experienced partner that knows the housing market well and focuses on your lifestyle preferences. Our real estate agents are excited to work with you and look forward to hearing from you soon. Contact us today for more information about the area and to discuss your real estate needs.


Best Beaches for Long Island Families

Long Island Family Beaches

From the North Shore to the South, it's hard to imagine a place that offers a greater wealth of beautiful beaches than Long Island. It's one of the things our real estate agents really love about our community, and we're excited to showcase some of our favorite Long Island family beaches. Read on if you're looking for the perfect home for your family.

  • Robert Moses State Park, Babylon
    Spanning 875 acres with nearly five miles of beaches, Robert Moses State Park offers endless options for family entertainment. Playgrounds, nature trails, picnic areas, fishing piers and a golf course give you plenty to of ways to keep busy, along with an expansive stretch of coastline with a boardwalk and four guarded beaches. The park's location at the westernmost end of Fire Island makes it easy to get to, and there is parking near the beaches.
  • North Hempstead Beach Park, Port Washington
    North Hempstead Beach Park overlooks Hempstead Bay and provides an incredible view across the bay to Long Island Sound. This 60-acre park includes a broad stretch of sandy beach that's great for swimming, building sand castles and sunbathing. Take a stroll on the promenade, try a little fishing from the pier, and be sure to check out the basketball, volleyball and bocci ball courts. Hit up the concession stand, or pack a lunch and enjoy it at the shady picnic area.
  • Crab Meadow Beach, Fort Salonga
    With a playground and covered picnic area overlooking a vast expanse of Long Island Sound, Crab Meadow Beach is an off-the-beaten-path spot for a relaxing family beach trip. A kayak launch and boardwalk are located near the beach, along with an on-site restaurant, called La Casa Cafe, which has a pizza and ice cream window.
  • Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh
    Families have been flocking to Jones Beach State Park for years, making it one of Long Island's most famous and popular beach destinations. With over six miles of shoreline, the park offers swimming, picnic areas, beachfront boardwalks and a series of iconic beach tunnels that lead down to the surf. Concessions offer classic beach favorites like hot dogs and ice cream. Weekends and holidays pack in beach lovers, so plan your visit mid-week if you want to beat the crowds.
  • West Meadow Beach, Brookhaven
    West Meadow Beach is a beautiful spot to take a dip and watch the sun go down across the water, but the real hidden gem here is the splash park, which is a great place for kids to play and cool off. There's also a volleyball area, walking trails, picnic gazebos, playgrounds, and plenty of parking convenient to the beach. Swimming lessons are offered daily, and lifeguards are on duty until 6 pm.

Contact us at Coach Realtors to find out more about living on Long Island. From great parks and beaches to picturesque towns and rolling farmlands, Long Island is a beautiful place to call home.

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